Answering Frequently Asked Questions About Heat Pumps

Some homeowners use a heater and window air conditioner to keep their family comfortable all-year-round. On the other hand, many homes and businesses in the U.S. use heat pumps for their heating and cooling needs. If you have a heat pump, knowing more about your equipment can help you take better care of it.

Continue reading to discover the answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions about heat pumps.


What Is a Heat Pump?

Heat pumps utilize refrigeration technology and electricity to deliver heating and cooling to residential and commercial structures. They feature two components: the condenser and the indoor unit. You can usually find the condenser outside and the indoor unit on the wall. Sometimes heat pumps are called “mini-splits” because the condenser and air handlers are split by a refrigerant line. With this equipment, ducts aren’t necessary, so heat pumps are often referred to as ductless.

How Much Energy Does It Use?

When properly installed by an experienced air conditioning service technician, a heat pump can help you save on your energy bills. Since the equipment uses electricity instead of heat generation, it offers an excellent efficiency rate. Heat pumps can provide at least three units of heat for every unit of electricity used for efficiency rates higher than 300 percent. This means that you don’t need to worry about higher utility costs just for keeping your home comfortable. Moreover, a heat pump is something you should consider if you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Did you know that one heat pump can save up to 300 gallons of oil in the average home?

Do I Still Need to Use a Heater or Furnace With a Heat Pump?

You can get a good amount of heat from a heat pump; however, experts recommend having another heating source as a back-up in case it gets incredibly cold. When choosing heating equipment for your home, always consider local building regulations.

If you need a heat pump inspection or air conditioning service, let J & M Air Conditioning & Heating assist with your home and business’ HVAC needs. Give us a call at (951) 654 3464 (San Jacinto) or (760) 253-9631 (Palm Desert). You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We work with clients in Hemet, CA, and nearby communities.