Your home is a more comfortable place to be when the temperature is consistent throughout, and a heat pump can play an important role in making that possible. Archie Johnstone Heating & Plumbing installs and services heat pumps in Nanaimo and the surrounding areas, and we are proud to be the company you call whenever you need heat pump maintenance or repairs.
What is a Heat Pump and How Does it Work?
A heat pump offers you a surprising amount of versatility. Unlike the name suggests, heat pumps do much more than warm homes. Heat pumps in Victoria are a great way to heat, cool and dehumidify your home. A heat pump is a device that extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another by circulating a substance called a refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation.
The process begins with a compressor pumping the refrigerant between two heat exchanger coils. In one of the coils, the refrigerant is evaporated at a low pressure and absorbs the heat from its surroundings. The refrigerant is then compressed as it travels to the other coil, where it condenses at a high pressure. When this occurs, the heat absorbed earlier in the cycle is then released to heat your home.
The cycle of the heat pump is completely reversible, allowing it to be used not only to heat your home in the winter, but also to cool and dehumidify in the summer. Instead of absorbing heat from the ground and air outside and using it to heat your home, in the summer months, the cycle is reversed to absorb the heat in your home and expel it outside.
Services for Heat Pumps in Nanaimo & Victoria, BC
Just like any other heating and cooling system, heat pumps require regular maintenance in order to operate efficiently. You must clean or change the filters once a month or as needed, and maintain the system according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Outside coils also need to be cleaned regularly. Dirty filters and coils reduce the airflow, decreasing system performance and can possibly damage the system’s compressor.
Your heat pump should also be serviced by a professional at least once every year. The technicians at Archie Johnstone Heating & Plumbing can complete theses yearly services. We can inspect ducts, filters, blowers and coils for dirt or other obstructions, and complete an entire, thorough maintenance check to ensure everything is working properly.
Our technicians are well versed in installation, service and repair on all types of heat pumps in Victoria, BC and the surrounding areas—geothermal, gas and electric. Regardless of which type of system you have or which you’re upgrading to, we can quickly and effectively complete the work.
To talk with a technician about choosing an energy efficient heat pump for your home or to arrange a service appointment, please call us.