Heat Pumps

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Ballard Natural Gas is experienced in the service, repair, and installation of heat pumps in Seattle, 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 Ballard Natural Gas 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 Seattle, WA or surrounding-area home or office space, or to discuss any of these topics, call us today at 206-784-8101 or request service online for an evaluation.

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Heat Pump Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98105

“Garrett performed annual maintenance on our gas furnace and heat pump today. He was outstanding- he welcomed my questions and concerns, listened carefully , and identified solutions to a problem I hadn’t known we had. He is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.” – Mimi W.

Heat Pump Repair in Seattle, WA 98105

“Matt went the extra mile in diagnosing and solving the problem after initial installation of the heat pump.”

– Christopher S.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98125

“Excellent, prompt, friendly, respectful and skilled service today by Garrett Hamilton!”

– Eric M.

Heat Pump Replacement in Seattle, WA 98103

“Garrett Hamilton was extremely good. He diagnosed the problem with my heat pump and set up an opportunity for a quick repair. He very professionally answered all of my questions, and I specifically asked that he could be the one who came to replace the motor.”

– Barbara B.

Heat Pump Installation in Ballard, WA 98117

“When our furnace was dying, we contacted two local companies for bids. While both were informative and helpful, Ballard Natural Gas gave us a better offer, for exceptional service. Rather than a simple sales job, the owner of the company made a full assessment of our heating system and located ways we could have more even heat. He included these minor but significant adjustments in his bid. We decided to change from a gas furnace to an electric heat pump because of recent warmer summers and for environmental reasons.
Three technicians did the installation: Guthrie, Brandon and Nick. All were extremely competent, timely and respectful, taking time to explain the system as they went. The heat pump went in easily and our dining room is warmer now, since they adjusted ducts and air vents and moved the thermostat.
We have used Ballard Natural Gas for years for our existing furnace care and recommend them to anyone seeking good products and good service. It’s important to support our local businesses!”

– Susan N.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98103

“The maintenance experience on our heat pump and tankless water heater was great. Communication beforehand was clear and thorough, with texts and a call from the technician to let me know his arrival time. Jesse was very personable and knowledgeable and was happy to explain what he was doing as well as discuss cold-weather heat pump issues and water heater recirculation questions.”


Heat Pump Repair in Seattle, WA 98108

““Ballard Natural Gas is so awesome! They sent someone out as soon as possible. It was a puzzle to find the problem, but were very persistent about finding the problem, ordering parts, replacing parts, and making sure everything was working properly. Anthony, the technician was always polite and friendly…I wanted to adopt him as my son! …and he really knew his technical stuff. The company even waived some fees because it took so long. Their warranty is well worth the money. The phone staff was always very accommodating too! Thank God I have the A.C. during this heat wave!”

– Jennifer K.

Ballard Natural Gas proudly provides HVAC service to Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 206-784-8101, or request service online today.