Should You Add a Heat Pump?

Let’s face it, if you have an uncomfortable home or business due to the temperature, you will have an unhappy family, and unproductive staff, and you will lose customers. That’s why you want a reliable indoor climate control system in Camas, WA. Most homes and businesses in the area have a furnace and an air conditioner to do the job. There is another option though. A heat pump might be just what you need to provide comfortable temperatures at an affordable cost. 

What Is a Heat Pump?

A single heat pump can do the work of both an air conditioner and a furnace. Despite being 1 piece of equipment, it can still provide comfort, no matter what the size of the building. It works by taking heat from the air in one environment and transferring it to another environment. In the winter it draws heat from the outside, which it can do no matter how cold it is. In the summer it pushes heat from the inside to the outside. 

Heat pumps also have some similar components to HVAC systems, such as refrigerants, compressors, and evaporation coils. 

Camas residents are choosing heat pumps on a record basis every year for their new builds and their HVAC replacement projects. If you think you might want a heat pump for your building, call Wolfer’s today for the very best in heat pump services. 

Do Heat Pumps Save Money?

Heat pumps will save you money on your utility bills. They are more efficient than air conditioners, furnaces, and space heaters. 

The cost of installing a heat pump can vary. It will depend on the size of the pump itself, and the quality of the manufacturing of the pump. The better the quality, the more it will cost. All in all, you can expect to pay an average of $4,000 to $7,000 for a new heat pump, although they can be up to $10,000 on the higher end. These are similar price points to air conditioners and furnaces. 

Once your heat pump is installed, you can expect a 30% savings on your cooling and heating bills. The reason for this is that it uses much less energy to move air around than it does to heat or cool it directly. If your monthly bill for energy consumption is around $300, and you can estimate about 40% of that is related to heating and cooling costs, then you can save $36 every month on your bills. That might not seem like much, but after ten years your heat pump will have paid for itself, and will still provide you with comfortable air for years to come. You may also qualify for certain tax credits which will just boost those savings. 

A heat pump not only offers cost savings. It also offers space saving benefits, since it takes up much less space than an air conditioner and furnace do. 

Types of Heat Pumps

There are three types of heat pumps: 

  1. Air-to-air
  2. Gas-fired 
  3. Geothermal

Air-source Heat Pumps

In Camas, most of the heat pumps we install are standard air-to-air heat pumps. This applies to both residential and commercial properties. It brings heat from the outside or pumps it from the inside, depending on what season it is. You can count on an air-to-air heat pump to use 50% less electricity than a space heater, as well as dehumidify the air efficiently. They will work in all temperatures, including extreme cold. 

If your Camas home does not have ductwork because of the era in which it was built, then a  mini-split heat pump would be the most appropriate option. They can heat and cool a building without the need for ductwork on a room-by-room basis. You can also go with a reverse cycle chiller heat pump, that heats and cools using water. 

Gas-fired Heat Pumps

An absorption heat pump, also called a gas-fired heat pump, uses an alternative fuel source other than electricity. In most cases, it is natural gas, but it can also use promant or geothermal-heated water. They differ from air source pumps because they use ammonia in place of a standard refrigerant. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps do not use the air as a source for heat. They use the ground, structures, and bodies of water to draw heat. They cost more to install than air-source options, but they are more energy-efficient. Some of the benefits include: 

  • They reduce energy use by 30-60%
  • They control humidity well
  • They are robust and dependable
  • They are suitable for a range of homes and buildings
  • They can be used in regions with more extreme temperatures

Heat Pump Installation and Repair Contractor Camas, WA

Heat pumps must be professionally installed, serviced, and repaired. Camas residents and commercial property owners need the best heat pump company Camas has.

Call Wolfer’s for your Camas heat pump installation and repair.