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Can a Heat Pump Really Keep You Cool During Midwestern Summers?

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Meyer Heating & Air in St. Louis Answers Your Top Questions About Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are unique HVAC systems that can both heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer – but how do they work and can they really help you keep your cool in the summer? Our St. Louis heating and air experts at Meyer have all the answers to your burning questions and more in this fast guide about heat pumps in the summer.

What Is a Heat Pump, Anyway?

In a sense, heat pumps are reversible air conditioners that transfer heat into or outside of your home. They don’t rely on fuel or natural gas to operate, which makes them much more energy-efficient than traditional St. Louis heating and air systems.

How Can a Heat Pump Cool My House in the Summer?

There are three types of heat pumps, and they all run warm air over cool coils in order to air condition your home in the summer. However, each one works a little differently.

Before your book your air conditioning maintenance or upgrade through Meyer Heating & Air, check out how each heat pump works:

These heat pumps pull in heat from inside your home and release warm air outside to keep your home cool.

Water-source heat pumps use a water cycling system as the primary method of transferring heat to and from your home.

Also known as ground-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps release the hot air from your house into the Earth.

Residents in St. Louis and the surrounding communities prefer to use air-source heat pumps, because they work well with dual-fuel HVAC systems. However, geothermal heat pumps are the most effective heat pump on the market and they are more expensive to install.

Okay, Can a Heat Pump Really Take on St. Louis Summers?

Despite their name, heat pumps are incredibly efficient residential air conditioning systems. Air-source heat pumps installed by a professional should produce cool air that’s about 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.

That means if it’s a sweltering 95-degree day, you can expect your house to remain a comfortable 75 degrees. Experts agree you can cool your house down quickly, and keep it cool, by using a high-powered fan in your house to improve air-circulation.

The best way to keep your home cool with your heat pump is with regular air conditioning maintenance. The professionals at Meyer Heating & Air in St. Louis can make sure your heat pump is operating at 100 percent of its potential.

Schedule air conditioning service today, and a member of our team will come out and check the coils and refrigerant levels, and clean your filter.

How Long Does It Take a Heat Pump to Cool My House in the Summer?

Properly installed and maintained heat pumps can cool your house in a little as 30 minutes. Your heat pump can run continuously in the winter, but it’s running for more than a few minutes in the summer – it’s time to schedule a residential air conditioning service.

Fortunately, our experts usually narrow the issue down to one of these three sources:

Refrigerant Leak
When you have a refrigerant leak, your heat pump can’t keep up with the demand to cool down your house. All you’ll feel is lukewarm air, which will trick your heat pump’s sensors into thinking it needs to keep pushing out more air.

Broken Temperature Sensor
Your heat pump will never know when it’s finally reached your chosen temperature setting and keep sending out cool air.

Dirty Air Filter
It doesn’t matter what kind of HVAC system you have, your air filter is going to get dirty. Cleaning, maintencing, or replacing your air filter is a simple service our experts at Meyer Heating & Air in St. Louis will be happy to perform with your scheduled air conditioning maintenance.

What’s the Biggest Benefit of Using a Heat Pump for Air Conditioning in St. Louis?

The best part about using a heat pump as part of a complete HVAC system is that it’s incredibly energy efficient. Not only do
heat pumps
last for well over a decade, they can save you anywhere from 30 to 40 percent on your energy costs during the winter, and save you up to $200 per summer on your cooling costs.

Geothermal heat pumps even qualify for a federal tax credit. Schedule an appointment with Meyer Heating & Air in St. Louis to learn more about how much you can save by installing a heat pump!

Looking for the Best Heating and Cooling in St. Louis?

Then stop your search, because you’ve found it at Meyer Heating & Air! Our experts can install a heat pump for your dual-fuel HVAC system, upgrade your current air-source heat pump, and recommend air conditioning services to keep you cool all summer long.

Call Meyer Heating & Air at
(314) 845-1929
, or send us a message online to request a service or learn more about residential air conditioning maintenance, and we’ll send someone out to your home as soon as possible.

Meyer Heating & Air wants St. Louis to breathe easy! Talk to one of our experts about our residential indoor air-quality systems today.

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