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Heat Pumps
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Heat pumps, unlike other conventional heating systems, can be used for both heating and cooling. Heat pumps can be extremely efficient in their use of energy. With heat pumps, more energy is supplied than consumed, simply because heat is extracted from the air and water within its surroundings. For these reasons, heat pumps can circulate more air and last for longer periods of time.

Heat pumps require regular service and maintenance for optimum operation. It is important to change the filter when needed. Also, icing in the summer is often another concern. Typically, the cause of such icing is from a low refrigerant charge, a dirty filter, or the unit is being run when it's too cold outside. During a maintenance check, it is important to pay attention to these factors, as well as the fan motors, belts and bearings.

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