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Heat Pumps

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Air Handlers Heating & Cooling is experienced in the service, repair, and installation of heat pumps in Chesapeake, VA, 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 Air Handlers Heating & Cooling 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 Chesapeake, VA or surrounding-area home or office space, or to discuss any of these topics, call us today at 757-734-7171 or request service online for an evaluation.

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Heat Pump Replacement in Chesapeake, VA 23322

“Great experience from working with Josh to figure out which unit to go with to a perfect installation by the team, Glen, Cody, Alex, and Nate.
The guys were very professional, respectful, friendly and knowledgeable.
Thank you so much for a great job.” – Sherry M.

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“Glen did a great job representing your company. He repaired our heat pump and didn’t try to oversell me on anything. Thank you for getting us in out of the cold quickly!”

– Larry P.

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“Prompt scheduling of appointments and fixes the issue the first time. Service technicians are very knowledgeable and courteous. I use Air Handlers for my rentals and my home.”

– Ed S.

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“Very good service, they came on time and very fast service. Good personnel.”

– Esmeralda D.

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“Cody was extremely professional, efficient and friendly. He did a great job for us today.”

– Lorraine M.

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“Air Handlers and Technician Cody was great. They discovered a minor issue with our thermostat and worked with the supplier to resolve the issue.”

– David S.

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“Both of them are very knowledgeable, professional, and courteous. Special KUDOS for this team of highly trained professionals!”

– Thomas S.

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“On time and friendly”

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“Cody and Datwan were professional, polite and friendly. Great experience.”

– Judy F.

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“Very professional and informative.”

– Jody M.


Air Handlers is a full service heating and air conditioning company. Providing outstanding customer service and HVAC repair, service and installation to Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, parts of Suffolk.