Heat Pump FAQ

FAQ

If you live in the Springfield or Eugene Oregon area and are wondering about a home heating and cooling system, a heat pump could be a good choice for your home. When done correctly, a heat pump can be one of the best choices you make for your home heating and cooling.

We get a lot of FAQ about heat pumps and are happy to share our knowledge about the benefits of a heat pump and how to go about making the right choice for you and your family.  Check out some of the most frequently asked questions and our answers about heat pumps.

Q: Is the Eugene Oregon area a good climate for a heat pump?

A: Advances in materials and technology have made heat pumps a viable choice in almost every part of the United States. Additionally, our local range of heating and cooling temperatures make heat pumps an exceptional choice for our area. We work with the industry leading manufacturers that bring heat pump efficiencies to a whole new level.

Q: Does it matter which heating manufacturer I choose?

A: The most important choice is to hire a qualified heating and cooling contractor. They have usually done their due diligence in identifying quality equipment.  We have a broad range of high efficiency and ENERGY STAR® heat pumps. The right contractor will make sure to properly size your heat pump and will have the knowledge and experience to ensure a proper installation.

Q: How do I hire the right heating contractor?

A: Your first step is to work with a licensed dealer who will visit your home and perform a complete evaluation or “load calculation”.  Doing this will allow the contractor to see the factors that affect gain and loss in your home. Check references and make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.  Additionally, NATE certification tells you that your HVAC contractor has invested time and money to become trained to the highest level the industry has to offer.

Q: How do I choose the right heat pump for my home?

A: The most important thing you can do is let a certified air conditioning contractor help you with this decision. They’ll take into consideration your unique home and set of circumstances and properly size the equipment to match not only the size of your home but the lifestyle inside your home. They’ll know the right questions to ask so you can be sure you’ll get the perfect fit for you home.

Q: What is ENERGY STAR® and is it important?

A: ENERGY STAR® is a government -backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR® label was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy and make it easy for the consumer to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

Q: Is it beneficial to select a high-efficiency heat pump?

A: Absolutely.  We believe it’s in your best interest to buy the highest efficiency heat pump that you can afford.  A high-efficiency heat pump will provide a good return on your investment because it will save money every month on your utility bill.  And a high-efficiency heat pump may have rebates and incentives to purchase.

Q: What does it mean to have a heat pump sized?

A: Sizing refers to matching the right heat pump to your home.  Many people think bigger will be better but this is a big mistake.  A bigger system will increase installation costs, waste energy and reduce comfort and moisture control. Many heating contractors take shortcuts and don’t take the proper steps to properly size a unit.  Oversizing and under sizing are common mistakes that will have a huge impact on how comfortable you are in your home. Make sure you work with a heating contractor that understands how to match a heat pump to your home and living conditions.

Q: Does a heat pump require maintenance?

A: Yes! Regular maintenance of your heat pump is essential.  Maintenance will help extend the life of the equipment and help your system run at peak performance. It’s one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner so make sure you have a qualified technician to perform an annual tune-up on your heat pump.

Heating and cooling with a heat pump in Eugene Oregon has never been easier. If you don’t see your question answered here, feel free to Ask A Question and we’ll get right back to you.

Located in Springfield, we serve the entire Eugene Oregon area. Find out if a heat pump is right for your home with a FREE consultation. Get A Quote, Schedule Service or give us a call: (541) 844-8395.