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How would you sum up the winter we just went through in SoCal? Probably: “Rain. Lots and lots of rain.” Great news for alleviating drought conditions, but not so great for driving, outdoor activities, and staying warm.
That’s all going to come to an end soon. Southern California springs are often as warm as summer in other parts of the country. Spring is the best time to start thinking about your home comfort needs. In particular, we want anyone reading this post (yes, we’re talking to you) to think about heat pumps, those wonderful two-in-one refrigerant systems that operate as both cooling and heating systems.
There are two ways we want you to think about heat pumps…
Cool weather does arrive in Southern California during the fall and winter, even if it’s never a deep freeze and warm weather can return at any time. Our climate makes it necessary for our homes to have central heating, especially larger homes with high ceilings where heat will rapidly rise and leave the living area cold. But we don’t need the type of central heaters that homes in Milwaukie or Minneapolis have. Our heaters run for shorter periods and require a special balance of energy efficiency.
This heating challenge makes the heat pump an excellent option for local homes. Many of our customers haven’t considered a heat pump when they’re looking for heater service in Los Angeles, CA, and we are glad to tell them about the great benefits of installing one. We want more people to know about heat pumps because they’re not only excellent matches for Southern California homes, they can help significantly with energy savings.
We think heat pumps are excellent choices for Southern California homes. They can work year-round meeting the cooling and heating demands of a house, and because of our mild winters, they don’t suffer from efficiency issues when in heating mode (a problem heat pumps can encounter in extremely cold climates).
If you have a heat pump for your house, we want you to enjoy its benefits for as long as possible. Below are a few of the more common heat pump malfunctions you may see that can interfere with your comfort and the heat pump’s energy efficiency. Turn to our professionals to handle the repairs that will solve these troubles.
The AccuComfort Platinum 18 Variable Speed Heat Pump comes with variable-speed technology which consistently adjusts to run at a more efficient speed to maintain your personal level of comfort. It’s a heater when it’s cold outside and an air conditioner when things get hot. It’s also energy-efficient. That means you can enjoy a comfortable home without the carbon footprint of a gas furnace.
Durable, Quiet, and Long-Lasting Comfort
Quiet operation and customizable heating and humidity controls make heat pumps an ideal choice for any home.
Heat Pump FAQ
What does a heat pump do?
A heat pump uses the outside air to both heat and cool your home. In winter a heat pump absorbs heat from the outside air and distributes it throughout your house. In the summer, a heat pump operates just like a traditional air conditioner and includes the same efficiency features.
Is a heat pump right for me?
Every home and homeowner has unique needs, but generally, a heat pump is right for you if your winters are mild – rarely dipping below freezing. Los Angeles that has mild winters is perfect.
How energy efficient is a heat pump?
Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnace and air conditioner systems. Because they run on electricity heat pumps can be a less expensive option over time.
How much does a heat pump cost?
Heat pump pricing depends on several factors like the size of your house, model, installation requirements—and even the climate conditions in your area. Some heat pumps qualify for local rebates.
How long does a heat pump last?
A properly installed heat pump should last an average of 15 years. Several factors can reduce or extend the life expectancy including the type of heat pump you buy, usage, your location and how well the heat pump is maintained.
Up to $1,500 Rebate for the Replacement of Your Older, Less-Efficient Central AC!
Older air conditioning (AC) units are expensive to operate, maintain, and fix when they break down.
Don’t get stuck in the heat! We’re offering a rebate up to $1,500 to help you replace your old, costly central AC unit before it breaks down. Older heat pumps may also be eligible.
This is BIG! Rebates like this don’t come along often. If your system is older or has not been consistently maintained over the years this offer is perfect for you. But remember rebate money is allocated on a first come basis. Call now to get your application in quickly!
Three-quarters of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. Air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States, at an annual cost of about $29 billion to homeowners. As a result, roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year.
conditioners employ the same operating principles and basic components
as your home refrigerator. Refrigerators use energy (usually
electricity) to transfer heat from the cool interior of the refrigerator
to the relatively warm surroundings of your home; likewise, an air
conditioner uses energy to transfer heat from the interior of your home
to the relatively warm outside environment.
An air conditioner
cools your home with a cold indoor coil called the evaporator. The
condenser, a hot outdoor coil, releases the collected heat outside. The
evaporator and condenser coils are serpentine tubing surrounded by
aluminum fins. This tubing is usually made of copper.
called the compressor, moves a heat transfer fluid (or refrigerant)
between the evaporator and the condenser. The pump forces the
refrigerant through the circuit of tubing and fins in the coils.
liquid refrigerant evaporates in the indoor evaporator coil, pulling
heat out of indoor air and cooling your home. The hot refrigerant gas is
pumped outdoors into the condenser where it reverts back to a liquid,
giving up its heat to the outside air flowing over the condenser’s metal
tubing and fins.
Throughout the second half of the 20th century,
nearly all air conditioners used chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as their
refrigerant, but because these chemicals are damaging to Earth’s ozone
layer, CFC production stopped in the United States in 1995. Nearly all
air conditioning systems now employ halogenated chlorofluorocarbons
(HCFCs) as a refrigerant, but these are also being gradually phased out,
with most production and importing stopped by 2020 and all production
and importing stopped by 2030.
Production and importing of today’s
main refrigerant for home air conditioners, HCFC-22 (also called R-22),
began to be phased out in 2010 and will stop entirely by 2020. However,
HCFC-22 is expected to be available for many years as it is recovered
from old systems that are taken out of service. As these refrigerants
are phased out, ozone-safe hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are expected to
dominate the market, as well as alternative refrigerants such as
We’re having an unusually cold early winter in Southern California,
with mornings and evenings that can dip into the 40s and hover in the 50s. Yes,
we can hear people in Minnesota and New York laughing at our definition of “cold,”
but it’s still cold enough to make it necessary to switch heat pumps into their
heating mode. This is one of the great reasons to have a heat pump—it mostly
does the job of an AC, but when you need heat for the mild winters, the heat
pump has you covered with relatively inexpensive warmth. It’s much cheaper and more
effective (not to mention safer) to run a heat pump than to use a space heater.
But if you’re reading this, it’s because your heat pump isn’t working right and you think you need heater repair in West Hollywood, CA. There are a few simple checks you can make before calling our technicians, such as examining the thermostat settings and changing a clogged HVAC filter. But the problems below usually require the help of trained techs like ours.
As each new year begins, we like to focus on helping our customers make big changes to their home’s HVAC and electrical systems. With the holiday bustle over and plans for the year ahead being put into motion, now is an excellent time to make those household upgrades.
If you have a subpar, older HVAC system, we have a recommendation: install a heat pump!
Okay, don’t run out right now and buy one—you do want to consult with professionals about this. For your new HVAC installation in Studio City, CA, you can work with our experts to find the best new system.
For many decades, the standard heating and cooling set-up for homes was a combination of an air conditioner and a furnace in the same cabinet, sharing a blower fan to send conditioned air into a network of ducts and to the various vents around the home. This is still the method that most homes use for comfort. But another option has come along that many homes have adopted: the heat pump.
One of the most common questions we hear from customers when they’re looking into installing a new HVAC system is the meaning of the acronym SEER. It’s displayed on heat pumps and air conditioners, and most people know that the higher the SEER number, the better. So a heat pump with 16 SEER is apparently better than a 14 SEER heat pump.
“What is the best brand of air conditioning or heating equipment?” We get asked that question a lot.
In July 2014, readers of a national product testing and research magazine rated American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning’s air conditioners and heat pumps as the most reliable brand among leading manufacturers.
Kilowatt happens to be a Customer Care Dealer for American Standard which means that we have passed American Standards rigorous standards for service. The Customer Care designation also gives us access to better financing for our customers and special savings on equipment, not available to other dealers.
We are thrilled to share with you this exciting research report. But it only supports what we already know after installing thousands of HVAC systems throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. American Standard really does have the highest level of reliability and customer satisfaction.