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Heat Pumps

Close up of a heat pump.

West Mechanical is experienced in the service, repair, and installation of heat pumps in Bellingham, WA, and its surrounding area. A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from indoors to outdoors or from outdoors to indoors. For homes with no access to natural gas, heat pumps offer an efficient and reliable solution for heating and cooling.

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

In the winter, a heat pump works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the summer, the process reverses, and it will remove heat from your home and transfer it outside like an air conditioner. Heat pumps do this so well that many people in warmer climates exclusively rely on a heat pump for year-round comfort. For those living in colder climates, they use electric-powered heat pumps in conjunction with their gas or oil furnace resulting in lower heating costs.

Heat pumps work with a series of coils drawing energy from air, water, or the ground. In this way, they are very environmentally friendly and are the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it. This makes them a greener alternative to traditional gas or oil furnaces. Though you may think you’re unfamiliar with them, they traditionally heat swimming pools and hot tubs, so you most likely have come in contact with them and not even known it.

Different Types of Heat Pumps

There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. As mentioned above, they collect their heat from the air, water, and outside-your-home ground and concentrate it for use. Call West Mechanical to discuss the basic differences between these types and which one would work best for you and your home.

Are Heat Pumps Expensive?

Installation costs of heat pumps are higher than with a traditional furnace or air conditioner, but the savings over time in annual energy costs make up for the difference in five to ten years. Performing proper operation and maintenance of your heat pump will also save you money, as you’ll use less energy, thus resulting in less cost. Be sure to ask your HVAC professional for the proper thermostat setting and the indoor pump’s fan operation. Not following the recommended guidelines can inhibit the maximized running of the pump and can degrade the unit itself. Regular maintenance can prevent degradation as well. Consistent filter changing or cleaning is necessary for a well-running heat pump. Seasonal cleaning of coils and fans go a long way in preventing poor energy efficiency that can end up costing you more money. The energy difference between a well-maintained system and a neglected one can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.

To determine the appropriate type of heat pump for you, which can be contingent upon the geography and climate around your Bellingham, WA or surrounding-area home or office space, or to discuss any of these topics, call us today at 360-734-7599 or request service online for an evaluation.

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Heat Pump Maintenance in Sumas, WA 98295

“Brandon was Very thorough and efficient. Had a little trouble getting up our driveway, but he made it.
I understand that there may be a policy for tech's to offer a service plan, however, i don't like to be "sold" a "plan" when i invite someone into our home for a service call. This is not a complaint about Brandon, since he was only doing what he was instructed to do.
I will contact you again when service is needed and recommend you to others.”

– greg k.

Heat Pump Installation in Bellingham, WA 98226

“They do good work but way over priced.
Get more than one bid”

– Mark E.

Heat Pump Installation in Ferndale, WA 98248

“We have a 1994 manufactured house. Everything is 7/8th scale and needs to be upgraded. West Mechanical was vetted by PSE as one of two contractors for installation of a Trane heat pump system. Stephanie excplained all the ins and outs, available financing, and system specs. Ryan & Tony showed up as scheduled and begain demo of the old system, and installation of the new. Aaron stopped by with two surge protectors and to assist with some of the cabinet modifications. Bode Electric did the wiring. The install was completed in less than eight hours. The new system is so much more efficient, quiet and easy to use. Programming the thermostat unit is not complicated. We would recommend conversion to a heat pump as well as West Mechanical for installation to anyone interested, whether new construction or renovation. Additionally, the aftermarket services offered by West Mechanical will facilitate timely and proper system maintenance through the years. The rebates from PSE and Trane were added perks.”

– Dick M.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Mt. Vernon, WA 98274

“Dave came in for the 6 month service on my Mitsubishi ductless system. So very personable! Showed me how easy it is to clean the filters and gave me some tips on surge interrupters.”

– Jean K.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Friday Harbor, WA 98250

“Even in all the snow Nathan still got here. Thank you so much for such excellent and reliable service. Nathan is always professional and has great customer service”

– Nikki R.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Friday Harbor, WA 98250

“Very thorough checkup of the whole system. Gives me peace of mind.”

– William R.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Friday Harbor, WA 98250

“Friendly, courteous, helpful. Arrived on time. Wore protective shoes in house, thanks. Gave us an important tip about thermostat. Made me glad for the annual maintenance service.”

– Audra A.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Friday Harbor, WA 98250

“Great experience. Knowledgeable people.”

– Steve f.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Friday Harbor, WA 98250

“Good service, very professional, knowledgable, able to address all questions, very good service visit. Thanks Michael”

– Michael P.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Friday Harbor, WA 98250

“Our company was very pleased with the recent service call performed by Nathan L.
He was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable and thorough with his assessment of our heat pump unit.
We were given details, including photos, of parts that had failed. He provided repair costs for those parts. He gave his advice of repairing an older unit compared to investing in a new unit.
Nathan also arranged for an Estimator Technician to visit our building, free of charge, to give us an estimate to replace our heat pump.

West Mechanical can be proud of their professional service. I'm very happy to be working with them.

Regards,
Carol W
Office Manager”

– Carol W.


West Mechanical proudly provides HVAC service to Bellingham, Friday Harbor, Orcas Island and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 360-734-7599, or request service online today.