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How Does Heat Pump Installation Differ From a Central Air System?


You may have heard the term heat pump used in conjunction with home heating and air conditioning, and you may have wondered what exactly it entails. A heat pump is no different from an air conditioner in most respects, save one. A normal central air conditioner generates hot air as well as cool air: that air is vented outside your home while the air conditioner is running. A heat pump uses that hot air to warm your home in the winter the same way it cools the home in the summer. Here in land O’ Lakes, heat pump installation can be performed by the same services that provide air conditioning repair. How does heat pump installation differ from a central air system? That depends.

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In some cases, a heat pump can be installed in the same place your old central system was located. The technician simply fits the heat pump to the existing duct system and ensures that the various lines and vents are clear. In many ways, this is the ideal situation for installing a new heat pump, since it doesn’t involve any radical changes to your house. In other situations, you may need to retrofit your ducts and air handlers to handle the new system, which requires a little more work.

In cases where you don’t want to use a centralized systems, heat pumps can be installed as ductless mini split units. In these cases, your duct system is rendered inert and multiple individual heat pumps are placed in the various rooms throughout your house. This requires opening line connections between indoor and outdoor components, ensuring electrical connections are secure and similar installation steps. It may not be the right choice for your home, but if you lack the space for a centralized system it could be just what you need.

We work throughout Land ‘O Lakes, heat pump installation is part of our core service and we can discuss your options with you to determine the best choice for your home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

If you know how heat pump installation differs from a central air system, the next step is to call upon the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for help.