East Nashville Asked, We Answered: What’s a Heat Pump?
What’s a Heat Pump? It’s Your Ticket to Year-Round Comfort and Efficiency
Heat pumps keep you cool in the summer by drawing heat from your home and in the fall and winter, they keep you toasty by pulling available heat from the outside air into your home. Heat pumps are designed for all-season comfort and energy efficiency.
Is a Heat Pump Right for Your East Nashville Home?
In moderate climates like our very own East Nashville microclime, a heat pump may just be right for your home. We’ve certainly installed enough of them!
How Does a Heat Pump Work Such Magic?
It’s a fact of life — or at least a fact of Wikipedia — that heat energy transfers from warmer places to colder spaces, and heat pumps take advantage of that
What does that mean for East Nashville? Well, according to Energy Saver, “for climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one-quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.”
That’s some Harry Potter-like magic right there!
How Many Types of Heat Pumps Are There?
The most common types of heat pumps are air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. They collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside your home and concentrate it for use inside.
We frequently install Rheem air-to-air heat pumps throughout the neighborhood. We’re partial to Rheem because they’re reliable, innovative, and they stand behind their products. A few of the standard features included with Rheem heat pumps include:
- 14.5 SEER ratings.
- Sound-dampening composite base pan.
- Long-lasting powder coat paint.
- Scroll compressor that uses 70% fewer moving parts for higher efficiency and increased reliability.
- Curved louver panels that provide ultimate coil protection, enhance cabinet strength, and increase cabinet rigidity.
- Optimized fan orifice – optimizes airflow and reduces unit sound.
- Rust-resistant screws – confirmed through 1500-hour salt spray testing (so go ahead, pour that pasta water all over those scres!).
- PlusOne™ Expanded Valve Space – 3″-4″-5″ service valve space which provides a minimum working area of 27 square inches for easier access.
- PlusOne™ Triple Service Access – 15″ wide, industry-leading corner service access to make repairs easier and faster. The two-fastener removable corner allows optimal access to internal unit components. Individual louver panels come out once the fastener is removed, for faster coil cleaning and easier cabinet reassembly.
We’ve also installed our fair share of ductless mini-split heating and cooling units throughout the ‘hood. Our go-to manufacturer is Samsung because they’re quiet, super-efficient, and — we’re being honest here — quick and easy to install.
Live in East Nashville or the new East Nashville (also known as Madison)? Contact Cumberland Cooling at 615-576-0742 to discuss heating and cooling installation, figure out whether or not it’s time to repair or replace your HVAC unit, or to complain about September’s endless streak of 90-degree days. As always, estimates and opinions are always free.