Winter in Tennessee is unpredictable. On some days, it’s reminiscent of a balmy afternoon in the springtime, while others bring on historically low temperatures. It can be easy to get caught off guard by a sudden cold front when you don’t know what to expect. Regardless of what type of heating appliance you have, it’s important to keep up with regular HVAC services, so your system is ready to go when called upon.

Heat pumps are growing in popularity because of their convenience, and it just might be the way you heat your home. When it’s time to schedule HVAC service and repairs, get in touch with Airbusters Heating & Cooling Service! Our experts have over 15 years of experience. We’re trained to quickly spot and resolve a problem to keep you nice and toasty throughout the winter.

Call us today at 615-551-5534 or schedule an appointment on our website. 

What Is a Heat Pump? Are There Different Types?

We know what you’re thinking – a “heat pump” sounds rather straightforward. It’s a pump that heats a home, right? Not so fast! The name has successfully fooled you. A heat pump can actually be used to heat and cool your home. This ability to do both is one of the many reasons why homeowners are opting for heat pumps as their preferred heat source.

There are two types of heat pumps:

  • Air-source heat pump. The most common version is the air-source heat pump which has a coil with a special liquid called refrigerant. When air from outside blows over this coil, the refrigerant turns into a gas, soaking up heat from the air and circulating it throughout your home. To cool your house with an air-source heat pump, the refrigerant releases the heat it absorbed from the indoor air as it passes through the condenser coil, turning the refrigerant back into liquid. The cooled-down refrigerant returns to the indoor unit, and a fan or blower circulates the cooled air throughout the home, providing a cooling effect.
  • Ground-source heat pump. The other type, the ground-source heat pump, functions similarly but relies on a series of underground pipes called a ground loop. At a certain depth, the temperature in the ground doesn’t change much no matter what time of year it is.

What Are the Advantages of a Heat Pump?

There are other types of heating options out there. We see electric baseboard heaters and furnaces quite often. But more homeowners are turning to heat pumps for several reasons: 

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  • It’s an eco-friendly alternative. Other heating appliances have to work hard to generate heat. Some units need fossil fuel which produces harmful emissions. The heat pump avoids this by transferring heat from a natural source – like outdoor air.  This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps us cut back on our dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
  • It’s not a one-trick pony. A heat pump can be used as a heater or a coolant. You can use one system year-round, which is great if you don’t have a lot of space or if you just prefer the simplicity of dealing with one unit.
  • It has longevity. A heat pump can last up to 15 years. …that is, if you maintain it properly, of course! Don’t miss your regular maintenance appointments and schedule repairs quickly when you need to.
  • It’s easier on the wallet. Of all of the heating appliances on the market, heat pumps are consistently among the most cost-effective. This is especially true in areas that usually have milder weather (like here in Nashville).

What Are Common Heat Pump Problems?

Nothing is completely perfect and at Airbusters Heating & Cooling Service, we like to provide a full picture for our clients, so that they can be fully informed about their HVAC systems. Like any other heating appliance, the heat pump does have some drawbacks that you should take into consideration:  

  • Extremely cold temperatures can spell problems. It’s not often that we deal with frigid weather in Nashville, but your heat pump may not work as well in extra low temperatures. Heat pumps are prone to accumulating frost or ice which can disrupt its performance.
  • Refrigerant leaks can happen. If your heat pump springs a refrigerant leak, the levels will drop and reduce its ability to heat/cool your home completely. 
  • You can’t always find the right place for it. Your heat pump system needs unrestricted airflow through the outdoor coil to work properly. You need an area near your home that isn’t obstructed or you may find yourself dealing with dirty air filters, blocked ducts, and blower issues.

Keep Your Home Cozy During All Winter Long – Call Airbusters Heating & Cooling Service!

The holidays might be nearing an end, but there’s still more winter and frosty weather on the horizon. If your heat pump needs some attention, don’t hesitate to call Airbusters Heating & Cooling Service. Our team of experienced professionals is here to help you maintain your system and troubleshoot it when necessary.

Call us now at 615-551-5534 or schedule with us online!