Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Katy, TX
A heat pump does double duty by cooling in the summer, and warming in the winter. A heat pump provides only one system to install, maintain, repair, or replace. Today’s heat pump is more efficient that earlier models and is available in a variety of choices in efficiency, capacity, features, and types from the standard air-source heat pump, to the mini-split, and the geothermal heat pump. If you need a new HVAC system, and are considering a heat pump for your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX, give Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s dedicated experts a call.
Once limited to moderate climates, modern heat pumps use newer refrigerants that work to 0F degrees. As a result, they will heat in colder climates than previous models that relied on auxiliary heat below 37F degrees.
Saving money on energy is even easier when you purchase a heat pump with a zoned system. The mini-split heat pump uses zones, allowing you to control temperatures in individual rooms or zone. This is in contrast to a typical furnace or central air conditioner, where the entire home is heated, or cooled to a single temperature.
Efficiency of the Modern Heat Pump
The efficiency and performance of modern air-source heat pumps has greatly improved since your grandfather’s day. This is possible through technological advances such as:
- Variable speed blowers have higher efficiency, and offer greater comfort than a single speed blower provides. In addition, they offer greater humidity control during the summer’s use air conditioning in Katy, TX.
- Two-stage and variable speed compressors increase efficiency, comfort, and improve humidity control in the cooling mode.
Heating efficiency for air-source heat pumps is indicated by the heating season performance factor (HSPF). The HSPF rates both the efficiency of the heat pump system, and the use of electric heat strips. The most efficient heat pumps have an HSPF of between 8 and 10.
Cooling efficiency is indicated by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The most efficient heat pump systems have SEERs of between 16 and 33. Choose the highest SEER your budget allows for the highest efficiency of your home’s air conditioning in Katy, TX.
Insisting on an Oversized Unit is a Big Mistake
Don’t allow yourself to be drawn into believing bigger is better, because when it comes to your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX, insisting on a larger system than you need is a big mistake. An oversized AC system will only run for a short time before bringing your home’s interior temperature down fast. It is called short cycling, and will cost you more to operate, and can result in the premature failure of the system.
An oversized system may bring the interior temperature down to 72F degrees, for example, but you are sitting in your chair sweating. This is due to the ability of humidity to make you feel hotter than it really is. When an air conditioner operates, it is removing humidity from the air. Short cycling results in the system cutting off before the humidity is adequately removed, resulting in your discomfort and potential mold.
Selecting a qualified HVAC company and trusting their analysis of the system you require can prevent receiving the wrong size unit for your home. Just because your home has a 4-ton unit doesn’t mean it is the system needed. One in four homes has wrongly sized heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX systems, and most are oversized.
Furthermore, you have to consider the new refrigerants operate with more effectively than the older types. They tolerate colder temperatures, and may even result in the requirement of a smaller – and therefore less costly, system than the existing HVAC. This is especially true if you have provided new energy upgrades such as adding insulation.
If you haven’t already scheduled your annual maintenance and tune up, give us a call today. Annual maintenance ensures the proper operation and efficiency of a of your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX. The cost of operating a system lacking maintenance can be 25% or more. Furthermore, the lack of maintenance increases the need for heating, and AC repair in Katy.
In addition to the provision of annual or bi-annual maintenance, the single most important factor in the care of any HVAC system, including a heat pump, is changing the filter monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer. Dirty air filters will result in dirty coils, ducts, fans, poor air quality, decreased performance, and reduced efficiency.
Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s NATE certified HVAC technicians provide exceptional service you can rely on. Our experienced professionals offer a wide range of services for your heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX. If you are considering a heat pump installation, give us a call for a free estimate. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.