Heat Pump Installation, Repair & Service

Heat pumps and AC units alike should get regular service

A heat pump can offer significant savings during cool winter months. Admittedly, this photo was taken during the summer.

What Is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that also works in reverse. In hot weather, it moves warm air out of a building, lowering room temperatures. In cool weather, it moves warmer outside air indoors, raising room temperatures.

During the summer, a heat pump operates like an air conditioner. But during the winter, unlike a furnace, a heat pump isn’t directly warming the air as much as it’s moving already warm air from one place to another.

If there’s not enough warm outside air to match your thermostat setting, that’s when the furnace kicks in — but only then. Since a heat pump uses far less energy than a furnace, the result is significant savings on your energy bill.

How a Heat Pump Works

The air that blows from the condenser of an air conditioner is about 20 degrees warmer than the outside air temperature. Even when outdoor temperatures soar above 100 degrees, an air conditioner makes indoor air cooler.

That’s because warm, high-pressure gas is sent to a coil and fan outdoors, where the heat dissipates. Cool, low-pressure gas is cycled through an indoor coil and fan, where indoor heat is absorbed. Air that passes through the indoor coil is about 20 degrees cooler than the indoor ambient temperature.

In the winter, a heat pump reverses the process, sending warm gas to the indoor coil and cool gas to the outdoor coil. Even in cool weather, heat is absorbed from outside and transferred inside the house.

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Heat Pump Limitations

The colder and more humid it gets, the less efficiently a heat pump operates. A heat pump works best when the outdoor temperature is above 40 degrees F and conditions are dry, and at 45 degrees, you may have to turn on the furnace.

During cold snaps, you may need supplemental heating. Specially adapted gas furnaces work most efficiently, but a heat pump can work with any kind of heating system or air conditioning system, including HVAC.

For moderate, dry climates like those in Southern California, a heat pump can cool or heat your home or business year-round, except on the coldest days, when you may have to operate the furnace. And in colder climates, a heat pump can be paired with a compatible gas furnace for more efficient heating during the coldest part of the year.

Talk to BWR Heating & Cooling about the possibility of installing a heat pump in your home or business.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

  • Lower heating bills.
  • Longer appliance life than most air conditioners.
  • Year-round comfort; stable temperatures in your home or business.

Why BWR & Not the Box Store, the Plumber, or the Fix-It Guy?

Brian Weaver stands beside a recently serviced furnace

The contractor who installs your heating and cooling system is responsible for all warranties, including labor and materials.

Suppose you purchase a pricey HVAC appliance, only to discover that the seller has subcontracted installation to someone who arrives in an unmarked vehicle? Are you still confident the job will be done right?

Subcontractors are normally paid piece work. The faster they work, the more money they make. Shortcuts become a virtual certainty. Jobs are rushed.

Then there’s the question of liability and workman’s compensation. If something goes wrong and the subcontractor is underinsured, you the homeowner could be liable. So much for the 50 bucks you saved at Big Jim’s Cut-Rate Appliance last weekend.

All BWR team members have passed drug and background checks. They’ll show up on time in a marked BWR vehicle and wearing a BWR uniform. They’re trained to respect your property and your home, always removing debris when the job is complete.

Need More Reasons? Here You Go…

  • BWR Heating & Cooling is an authorized dealer of major, trusted brands of heating, air conditioning, and HVAC equipment.
  • We specialize in air conditioners, furnaces, and HVAC appliances. We don’t do anything else!
    We guarantee all work, parts and labor.
  • We’ve been installing and repairing heating and cooling systems in Southern California for two decades.
  • We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • All BWR technicians are certified, licensed, bonded, and insured. We don’t hire subcontractors to do the dirty work for us.
  • Our technicians average 5 years of work experience in HVAC, heating, and air conditioning.
  • Technicians receive 75 hours of additional technical and customer service training per year.

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