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Old 03-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #16
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Heat pumps are A/C's that work in reverse. Instead of moving heat from your house to outside they reverse the freon flow & move heat from outside to inside. Freon at atmospheric pressure is well below 0 degrees ferenheit so the freon can be pulled down to temps lower than outside air & still pull heat from the cold air outside. And it's significantly cheaper than gas or electric heat.

The issue with this is as the air gets ciolder it's harder for your unit to make heat from. Once it drops below 20-30 degrees outside the unit won't be able to make enough heat to heat the space. At that point the electric resistance heat has to kick on to keep up.

So basically depending on how cold it gets in the winter, the heat pump might not do much for a lot of the winter. But if you don't get below 20 degrees very often it can save you quite a bit.

For instance I recently bought a house that had radiant ceiling heat (similar to your baseboard heaters) and an A/C only system that was about 3 years old. I removed the new A/C and replaced it with a heat pump. Granted I can do the work myself & even get the units at a discounted rate since I work for an HVAC company, so it was a little cheaper for me to do that. But if you're going to put in a new A/C anyway the difference between putting in a heat pump shouldn't be much more expensive.
Thanks Scotty. Could me and my friend( who is very handy) DIY? Thanks.

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Old 03-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #17
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Thanks Scotty. Could me and my friend( who is very handy) DIY? Thanks.
Setting the unit, running the wires, copper lines etc isn't too bad if you're (or your friend ) somewhat handy. But as someone said above I would recommend having a pro come out to do the connecting of the lines & charging the unit. You'll need an oxy acetylene torch, brazing rods, a nitrogen tank with a regulator to run nitrogen through while you connect the lines & a vacuum pump to pull any air & moisture out of the system before you release the charge & start the unit.

Unless you or your friend have that stuff already it will be cheaper to have a pro do it than to buy everything you need to do it. Plus a pro is going to know how to properly check your charge & verify the freon is right on so you'll get the most efficiency & longest life possible from your unit.
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Setting the unit, running the wires, copper lines etc isn't too bad if you're (or your friend ) somewhat handy. But as someone said above I would recommend having a pro come out to do the connecting of the lines & charging the unit. You'll need an oxy acetylene torch, brazing rods, a nitrogen tank with a regulator to run nitrogen through while you connect the lines & a vacuum pump to pull any air & moisture out of the system before you release the charge & start the unit.

Unless you or your friend have that stuff already it will be cheaper to have a pro do it than to buy everything you need to do it. Plus a pro is going to know how to properly check your charge & verify the freon is right on so you'll get the most efficiency & longest life possible from your unit.
Thanks Scotty. Would a pro still work on it if we set the unit, run the cooper etc.(the stuff you said should be manageable for us)? My wife said its very expensive to get installed. Thanks
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:24 AM   #19
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Thanks Scotty. Would a pro still work on it if we set the unit, run the cooper etc.(the stuff you said should be manageable for us)? My wife said its very expensive to get installed. Thanks
We've done it for customers before so some companies definately will. Some may not. Might have to call a few places, but I'd think you could find someone who would do it.

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