Heat Pumps

Close up of a heat pump.

Dr. Cool is experienced in the service, repair, and installation of heat pumps in Sumner, WA, and its surrounding area. A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from indoors to outdoors or from outdoors to indoors. For homes with no access to natural gas, heat pumps offer an efficient and reliable solution for heating and cooling.

7 Heat Pump Questions and Answers

Question #1: Are heat pumps are too expensive?
Answer: If you’re looking for heating and cooling equipment, a heat pump can be a cost effective alternative to a more traditional furnace and air conditioner.

Question #2: Do heat pumps operate well in colder climates?
Answer: This is no longer the case. When heating, Daikin inverter heat pumps can reliably deliver heat to as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit.

Question #3: Can heat pumps be installed in existing buildings?
Answer: Our HVAC team can easily install a heat pump in most any type of home or building. Even if you live in a much older home, we can design and install the best-suited heat pump system just for your home’s heating and cooling needs.

Question #4: Can heat pumps only be used for heating?
Answer: Absolutely not. While heat pumps can be used in a heat-only capacity, they also have the versatility to be used as a cool-only system or both heating and cooling.

Question #5: Do larger heat pumps work better than smaller ones?
Answer: Having an oversized system will only result in uneven heating and cooling, and a much larger energy bill. We will calculate the right sized heat pump for your home’s needs so you experience high efficiency and comfort all year long.

Question #6: Are heat pumps are noisy?
Answer: In the past, heat pumps were noisier. With improved technology, inverter heat pumps now operate at a very low decibel sound rating. Many of the newer models of Daikin inverter heat pumps can’t be heard.

Question #7: Do heat pumps have shorter life spans than traditional furnaces do?
Answer: Just because heat pumps can operate all year long does not mean they have a lower life expectancy. With regular proper maintenance, high-quality Daikin heat pumps can last 20 years or more.

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

In the winter, a heat pump works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the summer, the process reverses, and it will remove heat from your home and transfer it outside like an air conditioner. Heat pumps do this so well that many people in warmer climates exclusively rely on a heat pump for year-round comfort. For those living in colder climates, they use electric-powered heat pumps in conjunction with their gas or oil furnace resulting in lower heating costs.

Heat pumps work with a series of coils drawing energy from air, water, or the ground. In this way, they are very environmentally friendly and are the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it. This makes them a greener alternative to traditional gas or oil furnaces. Though you may think you’re unfamiliar with them, they traditionally heat swimming pools and hot tubs, so you most likely have come in contact with them and not even known it.

Different Types of Heat Pumps

There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. As mentioned above, they collect their heat from the air, water, and outside-your-home ground and concentrate it for use. Call Dr. Cool to discuss the basic differences between these types and which one would work best for you and your home.

Are Heat Pumps Expensive?

Installation costs of heat pumps are higher than with a traditional furnace or air conditioner, but the savings over time in annual energy costs make up for the difference in five to ten years. Performing proper operation and maintenance of your heat pump will also save you money, as you’ll use less energy, thus resulting in less cost. Be sure to ask your HVAC professional for the proper thermostat setting and the indoor pump’s fan operation. Not following the recommended guidelines can inhibit the maximized running of the pump and can degrade the unit itself. Regular maintenance can prevent degradation as well. Consistent filter changing or cleaning is necessary for a well-running heat pump. Seasonal cleaning of coils and fans go a long way in preventing poor energy efficiency that can end up costing you more money. The energy difference between a well-maintained system and a neglected one can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.

To determine the appropriate type of heat pump for you, which can be contingent upon the geography and climate around your Sumner, WA or surrounding-area home or office space, or to discuss any of these topics, call us today at 253.863.5665 or request service online for an evaluation.

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Heat Pump Installation in Puyallup, WA 98372

“I decided that another summer with a window air conditioner wasn't gong to work for me! I used the Pierce County telephone directory to look up a Heating & A/C Contractor. I called 2 & 1 returned my call. He came to my home to give me a bid, but wasn't very helpful in explaining things. Since the other contractor never called back, I saw Dr Cool Heating & Air was close to my residence so I called. The gal who answered the phone was very nice & setup a appointment for Mark, the comfort advisor, to come over that afternoon. He was also very nice & most helpful & explained the heat pump vs A/C. I was able to understand & make a good choice for my needs. He was able to give me a better bid then the first contractor & so I choose to use Dr Cool, Inc. The install team did a great job! Everyone was very helpful, nice & professional! Outstanding job & highly recommended! Awesome! Thank you Dr Cool & Company!!!!” – Sherry F.

Heat Pump Repair in Puyallup, WA 98374

“Dr. Cool installed our system about 5 years ago and they were great! Today we had our 1st issue. Wayne diagnosed the problem over the phone and it was simply fixed by cutting power and resetting the system. This shows me that Dr. Cool has a vested interest in taking care of their customers long term, and are not just looking for a buck. We will be customers for life. Thank you Dr. Cool!”

– Jason N.

Heat Pump Replacement in Buckley, WA 98321

“Recently we discovered our heat pump was not working. We first contacted Dr. Cool on Tuesday evening and by Friday afternoon our new heat pump and electric furnace was installed and operable. Mark spent a number of hours guiding us through our options. Nick was here on Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday, and all day Friday. Todd and David came first thing Friday morning with the 3 guys completing the new installation by Friday afternoon. The professionalism and expertise of all four guys… Mark, Nick, Todd, and David was outstanding! We are very happy we chose to replace the entire system; heat pump and electric furnace.”

– Don F.


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