What's Involved When A Heat Pump Is Installed?

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Heat pumps are a great choice for many households that want to save money on heating utility costs in the long run with a modest up-front investment. They are more generally more efficient than other heating and cooling options, and last a long time. They work by pumping air from the outdoors into your home after heating or cooling it to the proper temperature. They are added to a home by installing a condenser and any air handlers needed.

Condenser Installation

The first step to any heat pump installation is to install the air condenser that allows outside air to be compressed into higher temperatures when needed. Without this condenser, the heat pump will channel outside air indoors regardless of the temperature, without the ability to cool or heat the air. The condenser uses a series of tubes, some with refrigerant fluids, and a pump to condense the air and move it across the coolant liquid and into the home. Your condenser also needs filters to reduce air pollution, and most operate better when insulation is added to the ductwork. Once it's installed, you can connect it to the air handlers.

Air Handler

The air handlers are the parts of an HVAC system that allow cooled or heated air to be transported where needed. These need to be mounted on the wall of any room that needs temperature control and connected through wires, tubes, and/or ductwork to the condenser. Once the air handler mount is installed, the air handler will be attached to the mount and connected to the condenser. This part generally requires some electrical knowledge, and without said expertise and licensing, working on the wiring can be dangerous.

Professional Expertise  

Finally, one of the most important elements of heat pump installation is that you use professionals to do most of the work for you. Some elements can be done at home, such as installing the air handler mount, but other elements are too complicated or dangerous for the average homeowner. If you do attempt heat pump installation yourself, then you risk doing it wrong or injuring yourself. DIY projects can save money in some situations, but the improper installation of a heat pump can make the subsequent repair and re-installation even more costly than it otherwise would be.

Heat pumps are commonly installed in homes by homeowners looking for lower home heating costs. They require a condenser, which heats or cools air, as well as air handlers, to transport the air to be installed on the outside and the inside of the home, respectively. This should be done by professionals, rather than homeowners.

If you want to hire a heat pump installation team, contact an HVAC service today.