Heat Pumps

Heat pumps help achieve total home climate control and comfort. They look and perform like air conditioners, only they can also heat your home. Using electricity as an energy source rather than heating fuels, heat pumps extract heat from the air to keep you cool during the summer, warm in the winter and comfortable all year long.

The biggest difference between heat pumps and other heating systems is that they move heat rather than create it. There are different types of heat pumps, such as geothermal and water, but the most common are air-sourced. Air heat pumps can come as split systems, package units or mini-split ductless systems.

What Are The Benefits of Heat Pumps?

Used as a standalone system or in combination with another heating source - such as a furnace or boiler - heat pumps offer an array of benefits:

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    •  Help reduce heating costs by as much as 40%
    • Quiet operation
    • Longer equipment lifespan
    • Less use of fossil and alternative fuels
    • Dehumidify, resulting in better air quality
    • Lower the need for fuel during winter in homes that use furnaces as backup systems
    • Work efficiently with other home heating systems

Proper maintenance of heat pumps ensures maximum efficiency and performance. This includes cleaning and annual tune ups to ensure all parts are functioning properly, as well as changing the filters monthly. When components go too long without cleaning or maintenance, it can lead to restricted air flow, compressor damage, shortened unit lifespan, and costly repairs.

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Repair or Replace?

Service Technician from SMO Energy There are several signs that can indicate your heat pump is not working as it should:

    • Noisy systems
    • Units icing up
    • Irregular temperature
    • Frequent repairs
    • Unusually high utility bills
    • Leaky ducts
    • Improper refrigerant charge, and annual need for Freon

In some cases, it makes more sense to replace a heat pump rather than repair it. For example, if a major part is damaged, such as the reversing valve or compressor, or if the need for repairs is becoming more frequent. The average life span of a heat pump is between 10 and 15 years. If you're near that mark, it's probably time for an upgrade. Heat pumps with ENERGY STAR labels can lead to as much as 20 percent savings on utility bills when replacing a unit that is 10 years or older.

Why Should You Choose SMO?

Whether you are looking to have a new heat pump installed or an existing unit repaired or serviced, SMO has you covered. Our licensed and NATE-certified technicians are committed to your home comfort needs and offer a full range of heat pump services, including:

    •  Heat pump installation/replacement
    •  Heat pump repair
    •  Heat pump maintenance, tune-ups, and cleaning

We offer FREE in-home estimates for our heat pump installations and consultations and always provide quality service at the best possible value, with no hidden charges and 0% financing on new equipment. Servicing the Southern Maryland region, Anne Arundel County, and Prince George's County for over 90 years, SMO Energy can help with all your home's heating and cooling needs. Give us a call today to schedule your FREE consultation!

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