Heat Pump FAQ

Heat Pump Frequently Asked Questions

If you live in Oregon City a heat pump could be a good choice for your home. We’re happy to help you understand the benefits of a heat pump. When done correctly, a heat pump can be one of the best choices you make for your home heating and cooling. We can help make sure you make the right choice for you and your family.  Check out some of our most frequently asked questions about heat pumps.

Q: Is Oregon City a good climate for a heat pump?
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Our local range of heating and cooling temperatures make heat pumps an exceptional choice for our area. We work with the industry leading manufacturers that bring heat pump efficiencies to a whole new level. Bryan offers super high efficiency and ENERGY STAR® rated heat pumps.

Q: What is ENERGY STAR® and is it important?
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ENERGY STAR® is a government -backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The ENERGY STAR® label was established to reduce green-house gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy and make it easy for consumer to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

Q: Is it beneficial to select a high efficiency heat pump?
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Absolutely.  We believe it’s in your best interest to buy the highest efficiency heat pump that you can afford.  A high efficiency heat pump will provide a good return on your investment because it will save money every month on your utility bill.  And a high efficiency heat pump may have rebates and incentives to purchase.

Q: How do I hire the right heating contractor?
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Your first step is to make sure to call on a licensed HVAC contractor who will perform a complete evaluation or “load calculation” in your home. This will allow the contractor to see the factors that affect gain and loss in your home. Check references and make sure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.  Additionally, NATE certification tells you that your HVAC contractor has invested time and money to become trained to the highest level the industry has to offer.

Q: How do I choose the right heat pump for my home?
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Proper sizing is everything! You don’t want to buy a heat pump that is bigger or smaller than what you need.  Not every contractor understands this, so it’s important thing to hire a certified heating and cooling contractor to advise you. They’ll take into consideration your unique home and set of circumstances and properly size the equipment to match not only the size of your home but the lifestyle inside your home.

Q: What does it mean to have a heat pump sized?
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Sizing refers to matching the right heat pump to your home.  Many people think bigger will be better but this is a big mistake.  A bigger system will increase installation costs, waste energy and reduce comfort and moisture control. Many heating contractors take short cuts and don’t take the proper steps to properly size a unit.  Over sizing and under sizing are common mistakes that will have a huge impact on how comfortable you are in your home. Make sure you work with a heating contractor that understands how to match a heat pump to your home and living conditions.

Q: Does my heat pump require maintenance?
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Yes!  Regular maintenance of your heat pump is essential.  Maintenance will help extend the life of the equipment and help your system run at peak performance. It’s one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner so make sure you have a qualified technician to perform an annual tune up on your heat pump.

Heating and cooling in Oregon City has never been easier. If you don’t see your question answered here, feel free to Ask A Question, Get A Quote or give us a call: 503-233-1779.