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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“George Watts was fantastic! Our thermostat shut off right before we needed our heat pump for cooling the house. George got scheduled for the the next day. He was very professional, knowledgeable and answered all questions well.” – Zarah W.

“Austin was great! Super nice guy and was very reassuring that our unit would be in great functioning shape for many years to come (so long as we maintain it).”

– Catie B.

“The team was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. They were very prompt and the work was done carefully and with attention. We went with Ballard because we felt we could trust the information they gave us.”

– Trisha G.

“Ballard Natural Gas installed a heat pump/AC system at our townhouse and did a great job. They were well-prepared, needed no changes to design or cost, kept the work site clean, were very courteous and friendly. Pricing was very competitive. Many thanks to Tyler in sales, Zoe and Clinton for project coordination, Brady, Anthony, Kevin, and Zach for installation, and DJ for electrical. They were responsive to our concerns regarding installation details and completed the job with excellent workmanship in two days. The system passed all city inspections without a problem. Highly recommended!!!”

– June N.

“Justin did a complete maintenance today of our furnace, fireplace and heat pump. He is a very good and talented technician. We are always very pleased with the service we receive from Ballard Heating.”

– Nan and Ken L.

“Austin was friendly, efficient and explained what he was doing and gave thoughtful answers tot my questions. He just the kind of employee I would expect from you company.”

– Ed S.

“So very happy with the new heat pump furnace & heat pump water heater! Humberto & Anthony were most efficient installing the heat pump water heater & heat pump furnace. They installed the HP water heater & did some prep work for the HP furnace installation on the first day and completed the HP furnace install in several hours on Day 2. I very much appreciated their willingness to explain things and to answer my questions. The sales rep Joe very much knew the equipment being sold and understood the requirements of the installation. Even after the completion of the installations, he was available to assist with an adjustment to the thermostat settings. Overall, working with BNG was a great experience & I would highly recommend them for Heat Pump & HP water heater installations.”

– Karen B.

“Austin was great. Will refer anyone I know. Explained everything. Patient even with interfering dogs. Wholly satisfactory and re-upped for next year’s maintenance.”

– Shelley 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.