Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Katy, TX
Before variable speed compressor technology, air source heat pumps (ASHP) were only suitable for regions with mild winters due to the deterioration of heating performance at temperatures below 40°F. Today’s heat pump displays a lower temperature tolerance, and remains an energy efficient option for heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX in the southern U.S.
Though a heat pump uses electricity in the process of heating and air conditioning, it delivers four times the amount of energy it consumes to create it. This process provides a highly efficient source for your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX, resulting in lower electrical bills.
In order to receive peak performance and energy efficiency, a proper installation by qualified HVAC technicians is essential. Improper sizing of residential HVAC systems is a problem that occurs all too often. The standards call for sizing based on square footage of the home, amount of insulation, number, type and the direction windows face, and other factors are considered in a proper installation.
For example, a north facing living room with a wall of floor to ceiling windows will require greater heating and air conditioning than if the wall had only a few small windows. Our HVAC technicians are highly trained, up-to-date on the latest information, and provide the expertise to assure a proper installation.
Improved Energy Efficiency for 2015
Modern heat pumps offer energy saving features such as two stage compressors, scroll compressors, and variable speed fans to name a few. These features provide heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX with greater efficiency, comfort, and convenience. While Carrier offers a number of options with improved performance, our Energy Star systems will provide the greatest energy efficiency and reliability.
The Energy Star Label
The Energy Star label is awarded to systems with SEERs of 14 or greater and HSPFs of 8.0 or greater. The label is your best assurance of receiving a reliable, high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system.
The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) is a rating of a heat pump’s heating efficiency. The minimal efficiency of package systems in Texas requires an HSPF of 8.0. A split system is required to have a minimal efficiency of 8.2 HSPF.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a rating of a heat pump’s cooling efficiency. Generally, the higher the SEER the greater the unit’s energy efficiency is. Higher efficiency does have its cost; however, the money you save on energy cost can pay you back several times over during the heat pump’s lifespan. The minimal efficiency for packaged systems or split systems in Texas requires a SEER of 14.
If your home currently utilizes natural gas for heating, you are probably aware that the gas burning system produces carbon monoxide as a byproduct of exhaust. Operating on electricity, heat pumps operate cleanly, without producing the dangerous carbon monoxide that a gas unit will. A heat pump is the gold standard for your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX when family members suffer from allergies, asthma, COPD and other respiratory problems.
Air Quality is a consideration when faced with replacement of an HVAC system, especially if family members experience any of the previous conditions. Selecting a system that is compatible with a HEPA filter, assures the air quality is significantly improved in the air circulating through the home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX.
Humidity affects your comfort indoors as well as out. An increase in humidity is a common sign of a failing air conditioning system. Today’s high efficiency heat pumps offer these features, enabling you to save energy, experience increased comfort, and are extremely effective in reducing humidity. When shopping for a heat pump, it is well worth the extra expense to opt for these features in order to obtain the benefits they provide.
Maintenance is Key to Performance and Longevity
Routine maintenance extends the lifespan of your home’s heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX. Furthermore, it will assure it operates at peak performance, and provides optimal energy efficiency. Furthermore, neglecting the system will result in higher operational costs. Annual maintenance is sufficient for the average home, unless you are located in a construction zone as with a new subdivision, or in any location where dusty conditions prevail. In this situation, biannual maintenance is recommended for your heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX.
Changing or cleaning the filter, is essential in preventing damage to the system, or soiling of components such as a dirty coil which adversely affects the unit’s performance. During periods of a high pollen count or increased dust, it is beneficial to increase the frequency of filter changes.
Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified HVAC technicians provide superior service, and are dedicated to your satisfaction. Our experienced technicians offer a full range of HVAC services for your residential or commercial heating and air conditioning in Katy. To receive a free estimate of heat pump installation, or replacement, give us a call. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.