Heat pumps are a great solution if you’re looking for ways to reduce your heating and cooling costs and lower your impact on the environment. These low-maintenance systems act as efficient all-in-one ACs and heaters. Aspen Aire installs and repairs heat pumps for homeowners in Des Moines, Ankeny and all of central Iowa.
A heat pump is a complete air conditioning and heating system in one that keeps you comfortable through every season.
Heat pumps work by moving heat from one place to another. Depending on the type, this could mean pumping warm air from inside a building to the outside air or pulling heat from the ground and into the building.
In the summer, a heat pump works like an air conditioner by extracting heat from the air inside the home and transferring to the air outside.
During the winter, there’s still some heat in the outside air even when it feels cold to us. A heat pump pulls this heat out of the air and moves it inside. In mild climates, the outside air may provide enough heat to keep a house warm all winter. In Iowa and other middle and northern U.S. states, supplemental heat may be required on extremely cold days. In these cases, an electric heater provides heat. Heat pumps are so efficient that this process generates 2 or 3 times more heat than the electricity it uses.
Standard or Air Source Heat Pumps
Standard heat pumps transfer heat to and from the outside air. They use the same refrigerant as air conditioners for this process.
Geothermal or Ground Source Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps transfer heat to and from the ground, below the frost line.
Just like furnaces and air conditioners, heat pumps vary in efficiency. To compare different models, check their HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) and SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings.
Carrier Comfort™ Series Heat Pumps
Carrier Infinity Series Heat Pump
Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence
by Karess Carter - 1/31/2020
Do you know how well YOUR furnace is working? Mine was fine. It heated the house. We were warm. All was good.
I had Aspen Aire come just for a service check. I knew my furnace was older because it came with the house and we’ve lived there for 13 years. We were prepared that eventually it would stop working and we would need to replace it. But it couldn’t hurt to have a check up.
Until the day we got the news that our furnace was leaking a lot of carbon monoxide into our house. No, I didn’t have a detector in my house. We were advised to immediately make plans to replace our furnace. And sleep with the furnace off. And get a carbon monoxide detector that night. Can you imagine the fear we were riddled with?
I have no idea how long this has been going on. What I do know, is that I haven’t felt ‘good’ in an extremely long time. From headaches, to being dizzy and nauseous, I have felt off for months. (I mean seriously I can’t remember the last time I felt good.) But the headaches have just been out of control for the last year. My daughter has been a different person as well. Our whole house has been out of whack. I can’t say that this is the root of it all, but I can speculate.
When we got the news, Aspen Aire was there for us. They also found that our hot water heater was leaking and it was time to replace that. So we found all of this out on Wednesday, and today they are at my house. Right now we are installing a new furnace, AC unit and hot water unit. It’s money we hadn’t planned on spending right now, but I look at it like it’s an investment in our home and our health.
If we decide to sell our house, these upgrades will be important to a potential buyer. But I think the peace of mind knowing we will wake up in the morning is all I need. This was a huge wake up call for my family.
It really is worth it to get your furnace checked. A simple service check up from Aspen Aire could give you peace of mind, and maybe even end up saving a life. People die from carbon monoxide poisoning. I just feel lucky that it wasn’t my family.
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by Karess Carter - 1/31/2020
Des Moines, Iowa