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 Bellevue, WA 98006

“Justin was prompt, efficient, and friendly.” – Don M.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Mercer Island, WA 98040

“Justin was awesome. Very professional and thorough. He explained everything in a very knowledgeable way. He answered all of our questions.”

– Charlie S.

Heat Pump Installation in Seattle, WA 98107

“Had Ballard Natural Gas install a heat pump. Connor, Michael, and the electrician did a great job and had the unit running by 5pm. Unit is super quite and the technicians were very versed in the installation and explaining how to use the thermostat/unit.”

– Chris C.

Heat Pump Installation in Seattle, WA 98177

“Just wanted to share that we had a great experience with Ballard Natural Gas. They installed two heat pumps simultaneously (lg house) and did a great job, from the original consultation and estimate all the way thru the scheduling, installation and followup. Professional, courteous, they went above and beyond to ensure that everything went smoothly and was done well and we could not be more happy with them. Everything is working exactly as promised and you’ll be in good hands.”

– Clay D.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98103

“Justin was prompt and very helpful”

– T D.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98105

“Justin’s service was timely and professional. Thank you!”

– Lauren S.

Heat Pump Maintenance in West Seattle, WA 98136

“Matt Deehring and Josh came to investigate an issue with our somewhat recently installed heat pump. They were quick, kind, and offered thorough explanations to help us with the issue.”

– Summer H.

Heat Pump Maintenance in Seattle, WA 98105

“Justin and Chris were very courteous and did a thorough job checking out our heating/cooling system.”

– Judy M.

Heat Pump Maintenance in West Seattle, WA 98126

“I am very pleased with the regular heat pump maintenance provided by Ballard Natural Gas and especially the technician, Justin, who shows up on time, works quickly and makes sure my questions are answered.”

– Stuart F.

Heat Pump Repair in Shoreline, WA 98177

“Felt compelled to write a positive review for Garrett. He came out yesterday to dig into the problem(a) we were having with our heat pump and thermostat. He was patient, thorough, professional, and took the time to explain everything to us before leaving. Would highly recommend Garrett and hope he’s appreciated for his service with Ballard Natural Gas.”

– Jennifer D.


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.