Are Heat Pumps a Good Choice for Residents in San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, New Braunfels & Central Texas?
AirOne® Air Conditioning technicians are experienced professionals when it comes to repairing, maintaining, servicing or installing heating systems. Heat pump systems are commonly air source or ground source systems that (like air conditioners) transfer heat from one from outside a home to inside a home. All refrigeration systems transfer heat as opposed to creating heat by the chemical process of combustion. To convert a cooling system into a heat pump system manufacturers use a reversing valve that reverses the functions of the indoor and outdoor coils. In winter, the indoor coil of a heat pump gets hot while the outside coil gets cold.
Heat pump systems are constructed of the same basic components used in air conditioning systems with the addition of a reversing valve, defrost board, and refrigerant receiver. Special thermostats compatible with specialized heat pump features are used to help control the additional features of the heat pump system. Heat pump systems are much more energy efficient in the Central Texas area than electric heat systems.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps capture heat from the outdoor air and transfer that heat inside your home using the refrigerant in the heat pump system as a transfer source. Air source heat pumps can be two to three times more efficient than electric heat systems here in the Central Texas area. Electric heat systems produce around 3.414 Btu’s per KW compared to heat pump systems can produce from 7 to 13 Btu’s per KW.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps capture heat from pipes buried in the ground. A food grade glycol solution is used to transfer heat from the ground, into the refrigerant and then inside your home. These pipes may be in deep wells or buried in relatively shallow trenches. Unlike air source heat pumps who’s capacity, efficiency and vary with outdoor temperatures, ground source heat pumps maintain more consistent capacity, and efficiency outputs due to the relative consistent temperature of the the earth.
Call an AirOne® technician with any questions you may have about your heat pump system maintenance, repair, or replacement.