Charlotte is known for having hot, humid summer days, chilly winters, and everything in between, so you’ll want a reliable system to provide your home with the heating and cooling you need throughout the year. Heat pumps are a great option if you want a system with both a heating mode and a cooling mode.
Our Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical team can help you determine if this system is the right choice for your home’s comfort needs and provide you with professional services to meet all your HVAC needs.
What Homes Are Heat Pumps Best For?
When trying to figure out if a heat pump is right for you, it’s a good idea to think about the specifics of your house.
Best Efficiency in Moderate Temperatures
Heat pumps perform their best anywhere that doesn’t spend much of the winter below freezing. They can be as much as 5 times more efficient than electric furnaces when it comes to turning electricity into heat. Better efficiency creates more energy savings for you. When temperatures drop to freezing, heat pumps lose some of their efficiency. When this happens, they are about equal to a furnace in terms of efficiency.
Best Efficiency in Larger Homes
Heat pumps are known to be more efficient in homes that have enough space to be comfortably maintained over time — smaller homes can have trouble finding a heat pump that’s a good fit for efficient operation. You’ll also want to consider the state of your insulation and whether you require fast, intense heat from a furnace to stay comfortable. To determine the best size heat pump for your home, check out this heat pump sizing guide.
Of course, many of these problems can be resolved by pairing a heat pump with a furnace to enjoy the best of both, but if you’re looking at one or the other, you’ll want to consider these specifics.
Heat Pump Repair
You don’t have to settle for a heat pump that’s not heating or cooling your home efficiently. When you notice your system isn’t working as efficiently as it should, turn to the pros at Acosta for fast and reliable heat pump repairs. We offer prompt services and are available day and night to get your system running again.
Signs you need repairs include:
- Poor heating or cooling quality
- Unusual noises
- No airflow
Heat Pump Installation
When you’re ready to install a heat pump system as your cost-effective and reliable heating and cooling system, turn to Acosta for professional installation services. We have over 50 years of experience installing HVAC systems for homeowners throughout the Charlotte area. You can count on our team to install a heat pump that’s energy-efficient and reliable.
Benefits of Heat Pumps Over Other Heating Systems
Heat pumps have a lot to offer your home. Here are just a few reasons you might want one installed instead of another heating system:
- Offers energy efficiency far beyond other technology when temperatures are above freezing
- Also works as an air conditioning unit
- Gentler, more temperate heat that won’t dry out your home like a forced air furnace
- Only use electricity and refrigerant — no risk of gas or water leaks like a furnace or boiler might have.
- Can be used for ductless systems for easy climate zoning, reduced space use, etc.
Heat Pump Maintenance
If you want to keep your heat pump running as efficiently as possible for years to come, you’ll want to set up routine maintenance services with Acosta. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will perform a thorough inspection and tune-up on your unit to ensure you have reliable comfort in your home for every season.
You can ensure your heat pump’s performance year after year by enrolling in the Acosta Club to receive routine professional maintenance. We take care of the scheduling for you and show up on time to perform a thorough checkup and tune-up.
Schedule Heat Pump Service in Charlotte Today
Ready to install a new heat pump as your home’s heating and cooling system? Turn to the trusted pros at Acosta. We have access to top brands and will help you choose the right one for your home and budget.
Our certified technicians are dedicated to your home’s comfort needs and are here to service your HVAC system throughout its life span. We have over 50 years of heat pump experience and provide a peace-of-mind guarantee to ensure you’re always satisfied with our work and results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true heat pumps lose their effectiveness at certain temperatures?
Heat pumps perform at less than 100% efficiency at temperatures 20 degrees or lower. That’s why people who live in regions where outdoor temperatures often drop below freezing typically use a furnace, boiler, or other type of heating system. North Carolina nighttime temps are generally above freezing in the winter, so it’s rarely an issue here.
Can a heat pump really produce enough heat for an entire house?
Yes, as long as they’re sized and located properly, a heat pump can efficiently and comfortably heat your home. While single heat pumps work most efficiently in homes with more open floor plans, new technologies have increased their operating efficiencies, so heating an entire house with a heat pump is an attractive option for many homeowners.
What else can a heat pump do besides heating?
Heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat, not generate it, so they can be much more efficient than other conventional pieces of equipment. A high-efficiency heat pump performs the same functions as five major home appliances: heaters, air conditioners, room air filters, dehumidifiers, and ceiling fans.
Why is my heat pump blowing cold air even when it’s cold outside?
There are several reasons your home’s heat pump might blow cold air in the middle of winter: a low refrigerant level, a thermostat set to cool, or a problem with the reversing valve, which switches your heat pump from cooling to heating mode. First, make sure the thermostat is set to “auto.” If you suspect a problem with the reversing valve or low refrigerant, have a professional check for and repair these or any other issues.
Can I still set separate temperatures in different rooms if I install a heat pump?
Yes! If you want to fix room temperature imbalances or are looking to save on your utility bill, you can add zoning to an existing HVAC system, including a heat pump. Multi-zone systems let you maintain different temperatures in different rooms, so every space is at your desired comfort level. Once installed, each zone can be individually controlled, which also helps you reduce energy costs.