Even though heat pumps are becoming more and more common in the Spokane valley, you may not know what a heat pump is. To put it in simple terms, a heat pump moves thermal energy (heat) from one place to another. Depending on how the heat pump is set up, this transfer of energy can be used to either heat or cool a home or commercial building.

In comparison with furnaces and other heating systems, heat pumps are relatively efficient and inexpensive to run because they are transferring heat instead of generating it. There are three main types of heat pumps that you’ll find used in Spokane homes and businesses, and each can generally be set up for either heating or cooling.

  1. Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) – An air source heat pump extracts heat from the air and moves it into or out of your home or business. Unfortunately, most air source heat pumps start to lose heat output efficiency when outside temperatures drop below 47° F.
  2. Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) – Ground source heat pumps, also called geothermal heat pumps, take advantage of the relatively constant temperatures that exist below ground — generally 8’-10’ underground in Spokane, but sometimes as much as 30’ underground. These pumps extract heat from the ground and move it into your home or business.
  3. Hybrid Heat Pumps (HHP) – Hybrid heat pumps use both the air and the ground as heat sources depending on the outside temperature. They are quite common in the Spokane area because they use ground source heat to compensate for loss of efficiency when the air temperature drops below 50° F. This dual function can sometimes make it so that you don’t need to install a secondary heating system for use in colder temperatures.

Companies like Air Design Heating and Air Conditioning can help you install a new heat pump system to help take care of your heating and cooling needs. However, you should always make sure that you are taking care of your system to keep it operating at optimum levels.

Spokane Heat Pump Service

Routine Heat Pump Maintenance

Like any heating or cooling system, heat pumps need to have regular maintenance performed in order to operate at peak efficiency. Regular Spokane heat pump service can also help prevent costly repairs down the road.

The routine heat pump maintenance you should have completed includes the following:

  • Cleaning and/or changing filters regularly
  • Cleaning the outdoor coils when they appear dirty
  • Removing foliage and clutter that accumulates around the outdoor unit
  • Cleaning the inside supply and return registers and straightening their fins if bent
  • Maintaining the heat pump system in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations

Professional Spokane Heat Pump Service

If you’ve taken care of regular maintenance, and your heat pump still doesn’t seem to be operating correctly, it may be time to call the professionals at Air Design Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer a full range of heat pump services for all styles and brands of heat pump systems in both residential and commercial settings. We even offer 24 hour emergency services so that you can get the help you need when you need it. Some of the types of heat pump problems we can help you with include:

  • Heat Pump Temperature Problems
  • Thermostat Problems
  • Condenser Problems
  • Ductwork Problems

If your heat pump isn’t working right, don’t wait. Get the help you need from professionals you can trust.