Heat Pump Installation

Many residents and businesses choose to go with a heat pump system in the Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas. The reason is due to its efficiency, and despite the name heat pump, these units perform both cooling and heating your home. While most people install them for their efficiency, there are others who install them given the sustainability factor. These units do not burn fossil fuels. However, they do use electricity, so you need to check with Duke Energy to see what power source you have at your home or visit the US EPA here to put in your zip code.

AirMakers Heating & Cooling can install a heat pump that will not only heat and cool your entire home but save you money. Many homeowners experience the joy of lower energy bills with a new heat pump installation. If you want to learn more, give AirMakers a call. Our team will evaluate your home, take a look at the existing ductwork and talk to you about your options.

Are Heat Pumps a More Energy Efficient Choice for the Raleigh and Surrounding Areas?

Yes. Given that they are one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home, many people within the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas will choose a heat pump because of our climate. Given that heat pumps don’t burn fossil fuel, they are more economical. And while the Raleigh area does get quite chilly in the winter, it doesn’t get into the low single digits like many parts of western North Carolina. In fact, the Triangle area gets in the low 30s and perhaps a few days in the 20s. Furthermore, the Department of Energy performed a Cold climate Heat pump Challenge to accelerate innovation. What happened was that many manufacturers performed down to 5ºF while maintaining 100% capacity.

Our team of experts can walk you through the pros and benefits of installing a heat pump system versus a traditional air conditioner or another HVAC option. While the benefits are great, it’s best to have a certified professional look at your application before installation.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Cool air is diverted to areas within your home via a series of ducts and registers. Heat pumps have an exterior unit that basically acts as a heat exchanger. The unit extracts air either cool or warm air depending on the season from a source and either uses refrigerant to cool or a heat strip to heat. The refrigeration cycle is used to move heat energy from one source and lowers as it moves across coils.


The process starts with a refrigerant. Once it starts circulating through the system, the refrigerant absorbs heat from the surrounding air, causing it to evaporate and turn into a gas.


Gaseous refrigerant is compressed by a compressor. As the refrigerant is compressed, its temperature and pressure increase.


The hot, high-pressure gas moves to the condenser coil, where it releases to the surroundings (such as an indoor air in case of a heating system). This causes the refrigerant to condense back into a liquid state.

Expansion Valve:

Once condensation takes place, the liquid refrigerant passes through an expansion valve or capillary tube, where its pressure is reduced. This sudden drop in pressure causes the refrigerant to cool significantly.

Return to the Evaporator:

The cool, low-pressure liquid then cycles back to the evaporator coil, which is where the cycle begins again and repeats.

When a heat pump is in heating mode, it does the above in reverse to heat the home. Only with the heat, there is a heating element strip that heats the air. Furthermore, the cooler air is expelled outside.

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If I Have Natural Gas at My Home, Should I Get a Gas Heat Pump?

It really depends on preference. Many AirMakers customers do ask for a natural gas heat pump or to have a backup source such as a natural gas furnace. Both types of heat pumps will save you money. Speak with an AirMakers comfort specialist. He or she will be able to talk you through the pros and cons.

Many homeowners or businesses don’t realize that a heat pump can be powered by natural gas, but they can. As for the process of a natural gas heat pump, it works the same. However, the unit is powered by natural gas. What some HVAC companies fail to mention is that when you heat and cool your home using a natural gas heat pump, the efficiency rates go above 100%.

Thinking of Getting a Heat Pump System? Let AirMakers Help

If you’re thinking about getting a heat pump HVAC system, give AirMakers a call. Our team of professionals can work with you to determine exactly what size you need for your home or business. Plus, we’ll walk you through the options, brands, etc.

At AirMakers, we also understand that you may still have a few questions. Feel free to give us a call. However, we’ve taken the liberty to list our some of the top questions that we get regarding heat pump systems.

FAQs Regarding AC Installations
Yes, heat pumps have been in the market for decades. Here in the Raleigh and surrounding areas, our weather is perfect for a heat pump.
Yes, as we mentioned above, a heat pump is designed to go at 100% efficiency in 5-degree weather.
Yes, given that heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, through forced air, and the air is exchanged, you will need to have a return vent for proper air flow.
Yes, as long as your ductwork is in good shape and performs well without an leaks.

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