St. Louis Heat Pump Installation

What is a Heat Pump?

Buying a heat pump system is a great idea if you want to save money on your energy bills. But how does a heat pump work? Heat pump technology is capable of transferring thermal energy from the outside of your home, even in cool air. Heat pumps, when in heating mode, extract heat from the outdoor air and pump it inside the house as an alternative or to bolster a furnace system.

When in cooling mode, it can also operate in the opposite direction, removing heat from an enclosed space. Depending on the climate you live in, a heat pump can act as an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioning

Pioneer is here to help you learn more about heat pumps and find out if they are right for you! Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about heat pumps.

What You Need to Know

When it comes to heat pump installation, planning is important. The installation process begins with determining the ideal size of the unit. The contractor will measure the heat loss in the home to determine how large the system needs to be. In some cases, the contractor will need to make repairs to existing ductwork, so that the unit can be installed properly.

Once the outdoor and indoor units are chosen, the installer will connect the refrigerant line and electrical wires. The contractor will also need to insulate these lines and run them through conduits to protect them from the elements. In addition, the installer will need to install a drain line outside the home, which will carry condensation from the unit outside the home.

The installation costs for a heat pump vary widely depending on the type and size of the system. Some units require ductwork to work, which can add an additional $1,500 to $3,000 to the final cost. The installation cost can also be affected by other home improvement projects such as insulation. If you’re planning to install a heat pump, you may want to consider installing it alongside other renovation projects to lower the cost.

Heat pump installation costs are also influenced by local regulations. Most cities and counties require a mechanical or building permit before allowing a heat pump installation. Check with your local government to make sure you don’t need to obtain a permit, as it can be a costly process.

How To Choose A Heat Pump System

Naturally, energy efficiency is important. But when making your selection, remember low operating costs are little comfort if service and repair bills are high. Don’t be sold on air conditioning energy efficiency alone. Rheem is the only manufacturer to install the Compliant Scroll® Compressor, the industry best, in its entire residential heat pump line.
The Department of Energy requires all air-conditioning and heating equipment manufacturers to evaluate and rate the efficiency of their equipment on a seasonal basis. These ratings are known as the SEER or, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, for air conditioners, and the HSPF or, Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, for heating equipment. Heat pumps use both numbers. The higher the SEER or HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump. High-efficiency units cost more. But since operating costs are lower, the payback period may be shorter than you realize. A high SEER/HSPF heat pump also can add value to your home which is important to today’s energy-conscious home buyers.

Absolutely. Look for features such as a louvered, galvanized steel cabinet to protect the condensing unit from outdoor hazards. And make sure the cabinet is powder-painted with a high-quality enamel for improved durability and appearance.

With some units, the outdoor fan can be a bothersome source of noise. Rheem units have a grille design that minimizes air restriction which allows the fan to operate more quietly. Also, the fan is mounted on the underside of the grille. This protects it from the elements and directs airflow upward, away from plants and shrubbery.

What is an air source heat pump?

Whether you’re looking to save on your heating bills, or simply looking for a more efficient way to cool your home, an air-source heat pump can be a great way to do it. While there are many different models to choose from, there are also many things to consider when considering an air-source heat pump.

The most basic function of an air source heat pump is to transfer warm air from outside to inside the structure. This heat is then distributed throughout the building. A standard domestic air source heat pump will extract useful heat down to about 41F, although it may not be as efficient as some models in cold climates.

Some air source heat pumps are specially designed to provide more effective heat extraction. They can provide useful heat to even lower outdoor air temperatures. This helps improve dehumidification, which results in lower energy use in the summer.

What is a ground source heat pump?

GSHP (ground source heat pump) systems are an efficient way to heat or cool a building. A ground source heat pump works by taking advantage of the temperature difference between the ground and the air above it. In winter, the ground is warmer than the air above it, and in summer it is cooler.

Compared with other types of systems, a ground source heat pump can use less energy, and it has been called the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning system. In order to use ground source heat for space heating, you have to drill a borehole and install a large loop of ground piping.

The efficiency of a ground source heat pump can increase by storing thermal energy from the ground during the colder months. In fact, the COP (coefficient of performance) of a ground source heat pump can be as high as 3.0. This means that the heat pump moves three times as much heat energy as the electrical energy it uses.

What is a geothermal heat pump?

Unlike conventional heat pumps that move heat indoors, a geothermal heat pump draws heat from the ground. This makes it the most efficient system available. It uses the earth’s natural heat to reduce home energy bills by 30 to 70 percent. It is also the quietest system available.

Geothermal systems are also recognized as the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. They reduce peak load loads, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the need for new power plants.

Unlike conventional heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps do not require an outdoor fan. They also do not need an outdoor compressor. They are quiet and can be installed in new construction or in retrofit situations. They come with a 10-year warranty.

The cost of installing a geothermal system is more than a standard heat pump. However, the investment can pay off in as little as five to ten years. The Federal Government has also recently extended federal tax credits for renewable energy products.

How much does a heat pump cost?

Unlike a traditional heating system that uses many moving parts, heat pumps are very quiet and energy efficient. They also offer reliable heating and cooling and provide good indoor air quality. A heat pump can last for more than 20 years if properly maintained and installed. The longevity of the device also depends on the weather and indoor environments.

The heat pump that gives the longest life is one with a reliable compressor. This component puts in thousands of hours of mechanical work. It is also the most expensive component to install. If the compressor wears out, it may be time to replace the unit. A water-source heat pump, on the other hand, will last for at least 24 years. This is a long time for a device that moves air from outside to inside your home.

Contact Pioneer today to get a free estimate for your heat pump!

Service Agreement Program

Sign up for our Service Agreement Program by Pioneer Mechanical LLC. Our Service Agreement Program is an excellent way to ensure that you have both your AC and furnace running all year-round and saves you money in the process.

Service benefits include:

  • Pioneer Mechanical will provide an AC tune-up in the Spring and a furnace tune-up in the Fall
  • No need to remember to schedule each year
  • Service Agreement Program members are given priority treatment
  • If AC or furnace needs repaired, receive 10% off of parts
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