How do heat pumps work, and are they a good fit for your home?

Heat pumps are HVAC systems capable of both cooling your home in the summer and heating it in the winter. They’re especially efficient and effective in mild winter climates, like the kind we have here in Lake Havasu City. In this article, we’ll explore how heat pumps work and what makes them a good fit for your home here in Mohave County.

How do heat pumps work? Read our explainer to learn more about these systems.

How do heat pumps work? Read our explainer to learn more about these systems.

Looking to take the next step? Give us a call today for a free in-home estimate on a new heat pump system. One of our experienced, friendly technicians can help you find the right cooling or heating system for your home.

How do heat pumps work?

Heat pumps work by transferring heat energy from one place to another.

Summertime cooling

In the summer, your heat pump operates like a normal air conditioner. A compressor pumps refrigerant between the exterior condenser coil and the interior evaporator coil. As the refrigerant flows, it absorbs the heat inside your home and releases it outside. Removing this heat energy cools the interior of the home, and the refrigerant cycles back into the home to repeat the process.

Winter heating

In the colder months of the year, the system reverses operation. Now, the refrigerant pulls heat energy out of the outdoor air and moves it inside, releasing it. Heat pumps are able to pull residual heat energy from even “cold” outdoor air. However, this process is more efficient in mild winter climates than severely cold ones.

With a heat pump, you’ll have year-round comfort and save money on your energy bills. That’s because the process of moving heat energy from one place to another in the winter is generally more energy-efficient than using gas or fuel to “create” heat energy.

Maximize functionality

Heat pumps are excellent energy-efficient HVAC systems and a perfect fit for homes here in Lake Havasu City, but there are steps you can take to boost your energy-efficiency even further:

  • Schedule regular maintenance: It’s important to have a professional technician, such as one from Air Control Home Services, look over your heat pump on a regular basis to keep it in good working order.
  • Set the thermostat and forget it: Making frequent changes to the temperature can use up more energy, making the system less effective. Better yet, have our team install a programmable thermostat.
  • Keep the unit clean: Dirt, leaves, and branches can block the exterior fan and coil, which reduces efficiency. Dust and debris in the interior filter can hamper productivity as well.

Bring in the experts

Air Control Home Services can help ensure that your device is up to snuff. Our NATE-certified technicians can thoroughly to make sure that it is operating at peak performance. Contact us today to set up a tune-up for your heat pump. Or, call us for a free in-home estimate on a new system!

Here’s what anti-scald devices are and how they work

According to the Burn Foundation, over 500,000 scald burns happen annually here in the United States. Those disproportionately impacted are the elderly, children, and those with disabilities. Scalding is a danger in a shower, bathtub, or sink when the cold water supply is cut, leaving only the hot water in the mix. The danger of scalding is just one of the reasons we recommend that you have our plumbers install anti-scald devices in your home.

Protect your home and family with anti-scald devices, installed by Air Control.

In this article, we’ll review the dangers of scald burns and the types of devices that can prevent this common injury. Here in Lake Havasu City and Mohave County, call your friends at Air Control Home Services if you’d like one of our plumbers to assess and fix potential scald dangers in your home.

Why do you need anti-scald devices installed?

In many cases, scald burns happen while showering. A child accidentally turns the handle all the way to hot, quickly raising the water temperature to unsafe levels. Or, a toilet is flushed. This sudden diversion of cold water away from the pipes of the shower causes a temperature spike. One other common scenario is that an elderly or disabled family member has difficulty reaching the handle to change water temperature.

Once the water temperature gets above 130 degrees, the chance of burns increases. With an anti-scald product, you can help give yourself some peace of mind and avoid this dangerous hazard in your home.

Types of devices to use

There are a few different ways to prevent hot water scalding in your home.

First, have one of our plumbers adjust your water heater to lower the overall temperature it heats water to. Really, no water heater needs to be set above 120 degrees, so just by doing this, you’re making your home a lot safer!

Next, have our plumbers install an anti-scald device in your home. There are two common types: one for the whole home, and another for each individual faucet:

  • Thermostatic mixing valves: A professional plumber can install a valve on your home’s main water supply to have a constant stream of cold water mixed in with your regular flow. This gives your entire home some protection from a sudden burst of scalding hot water.
  • Single faucet mixing valve: If you don’t want to reduce the temperature of every water appliance, you can go with individual mixing valves on items that you and your family use for washing and drinking. A plumber can give you some recommendations for valves that help keep the water temperature safe for showers, bathtubs, and sinks.

Call Air Control for plumbing installation services!

If you want to find out more about how anti-scald devices could protect you and your home’s plumbing, contact our team here at Air Control Home Services. You can get customized recommendations for your plumbing needs!