Pittsburgh Heat Pump Experts

Heat pumps are ideal for Pittsburgh climates, where half the year we need heat pumped into the house and during summer months we need heat extracted out of the house. A heat pump is an all-in-one heating and cooling system.

Heat Pumps Defined:

J.L. Bayer defines a heat pump as a machine or device that moves heat from one location (the source) to another location (the sink or heat sink), using work. Most heat pump technology moves heat from a low temperature ‘heat source to a higher temperature heat sink. Common examples are food refrigerators and freezers, air conditioners, and reversible-cycle heat pumps for providing thermal comfort.”

Heat Pumps for Cooling

During summer months it works like an air conditioner. They are designed to take heat from inside your home and transfer it to the outdoors. Even on the hottest summer days heat pumps provide maximum cooling while maintaining the highest level of efficiency and comfort.

Heat Pumps for Heating

Heat pumps will also heat your home when the weather’s cooler, it does the exact opposite, extracting heat from outside and moving it indoors. Yes, we will admit, to anyone other than a certified Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractor it might sound a bit strange. After all, how can you find heat outdoors in the winter, right? Well, imagine that you took a window air conditioner and flipped it around so that the hot coils would be on the inside of your house and the cold coils would be outside. Now reverse your fan so it blows inside again and you would have a heater. It turns out that this heater works extremely well. Rather than burning a fuel, what it is doing is moving heat from outdoors and “pumping” it inside.

Heat Pumps Compliment Gas & Electric Furnaces

Heat pumps maintain the highest efficiency on even the coldest winter nights. When combined with a gas furnace, it creates a dual-fuel system providing optimal comfort and efficiency. By adding it to your gas furnace it will allow the option of electricity-fueled heating and cooling, in addition to gas furnace heat. When heat pumps are added to gas furnaces it is known as “hybrid heating” or “hybrid heat”. Consider a new heat pump installation when designing your heating and cooling system. Call today (412) 829-9955 or (724) 864-9955 for a free quote.