Heat Pumps

A heat pump is a portion of your heating and cooling system that remains outside. Despite its name, heat pumps provide both warm and cool air into your home.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Northern Virginia Heat Pumps

Heat pumps utilize thermal energy in order to transfer heating or cooling to opposing internal temperatures. On hot days, a heat pump will gather warm indoor air and deposit it outside to cool down the internal temperature. On cold days, a heat pump will gather thermal energy from outside and funnel it inside to warm up the internal temperature.

Yazd Maintenance is currently offering a wide range of new heat pumps including money-saving, low-energy models.

Terms to Know when Choosing Equipment

COP
Coefficient of Performance, otherwise referred to as COP, measures the efficiency of an AC or heating system at filtering cool and warm air into a space. It gauges how much air is removed and how hard the system has to work to remove it.

EER and SEER
Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER, measures a unit’s cooling capacity in Brus per hour against the amount of energy it receives in watts under a specific set of rating conditions.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, is the measurement of the EER over an entire year. The higher the EER and SEER rating, the more efficient the unit is.

HSPF
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, or HSPF, is an energy efficiency rating that works similarly to SEER. However, instead of measuring the efficiency of an AC unit, it measures the efficiency of a heat pump. Like SEER, the higher the rating, the more efficient a heat pump is at heating an indoor area.

TON
Ton is a term that refers to an air conditioner’s cooling capacity. One ton of refrigeration is equal to 12000 BTU (British Thermal Unit). Each home requires a different tonnage of refrigeration to cool. The tonnage required depends on a number of different factors, including location, size, and insulation.

An Important Note

According to the US Department of Energy, all new central air conditioners and heat pumps sold in the US must have a minimum of 13 SEER. This marks a 30 percent increase in energy efficiency from previous mandates.

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