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Heat Pumps Heating & Cooling

When it comes to keeping your home comfortable year-round while keeping your heating and cooling costs low, nothing beats a well-installed heat pump. And when it comes to making sure your heat pump is working at its peak, no one beats Indoor Air Quality Medics Heating & Air Conditioning. Proudly serving Alexandria, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Woodbridge, and all of Northern Virginia, we’re your first responders in home comfort. Rely on IAQ Medics for safety, comfort and savings - schedule an appointment today.

What’s the Difference Between Heat Pumps and Furnaces?

Heat pumps serve a dual purpose by both heating and cooling your home, transferring heat from one location to another to maintain optimal temperatures throughout the year. During the winter, the system pulls heat from the outdoor air (or the ground) and transfers it indoors to efficiently warm your living spaces. In the summer, the heat pump reverses, extracting warmth from the indoor environment and expelling it outside to cool your home. What sets heat pumps apart in terms of efficiency is their reliance on heat transfer rather than burning fuels, as seen in traditional furnaces.

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Heat Pump Repair

If your heat pump is not turning on, or the air temperature coming from your vents is not matching your thermostat settings, or if the whole unit frequently short cycles, Indoor Air Quality Medics Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We can provide repair services for any brand of heat pump to ensure your unit is running smoothly and efficiently. Don’t let a failing heat pump ruin your home’s temperature control; if you need heat pump repair, your local HVAC technicians at IAQ Medics can help.

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Heat Pump Replacement & Installment

Like any mechanical equipment, heat pumps have a lifespan. Once your heat pump gets to be 10 years old or older, you should consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR® qualified unit. At IAQ Medics, we know how important it is to have a reliable heat pump that will last you for years. Our licensed, HVAC technicians have been installing heat pumps in Alexandria, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Woodbridge, and all of Northern Virginia for over 15 years. Contact us to install yours!

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Why Choose a Heat Pump?

Heat pumps are efficient because they don’t burn fuel to create heat. Instead, they use the principles of an air conditioner in both the summer (when they function as air conditioners) and in the winter. When you install a new heat pump, you can expect:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Lower energy bills
  • Fewer repairs and maintenance issues in the near future
  • Lower noise levels
  • More even room temperatures
  • And more!

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What is a Geothermal Heat Pump?

Geothermal heat pumps operate differently than conventional furnaces in that they do not burn fuel to create heat—instead, they use the Earth's steady temperature to efficiently heat and cool homes. A ground loop, buried underground, circulates fluid that absorbs heat in winter, warming the home, and releases heat in summer, cooling it. This eco-friendly technology reduces energy consumption, lowers utility bills, and contributes to a sustainable future by harnessing renewable energy from the Earth.

Should I Repair or Replace my Heat Pump?

There are three main factors you should consider when deciding whether you need heat pump replacement or repair: Age - How old is your heat pump? Most heat pumps last around 8-12 years, losing efficiency and breaking down more often around this age. Older units may also require parts that have been discontinued, making them very expensive to obtain. Efficiency - You can save a significant amount of money on your energy costs each month by upgrading to a more efficient heat pump! Heat pump technology is improving rapidly, so the newer your system, the more you’ll save! Current Condition - The most important thing to consider when deciding between heat pump replacement or repair is the condition of your existing heat pump. Was it made by a reputable brand? How often does it break down? Does the unit take a long time to heat or cool your home? Are certain parts of your home hotter or colder than other parts, creating an uncomfortable living environment?

How Do Heat Pumps Work When it Gets Really Cold?

It’s hard to imagine that there’s any heat in the air when the outside temperature is 40 F or below. Refrigerators work like mini heat pumps, pulling out heat energy even when it seems really cold in the fridge already. Just because it doesn’t FEEL warm outside doesn’t mean there isn’t heat in the air (unless the temperature gets to absolute zero: -460 F), and a heat pump can pull that heat out and blow it into your home. In fact, most heat pumps have an operating range as low as 25 F Many modern heat pumps include what are known as Reverse Cycle Chillers (RCCs), which eliminate the periodic blowing of cool air that most heat pumps go through during their defrost cycles. RCCs also allow heat pumps to operate at much lower temperatures—in fact, some RCCs can provide hot water at 115 F even when it’s 15 F outside! Best of all, heat pump technology is improving every day! Give us a call to find out more.

Are There Different Types of Heat Pumps?


Single-split ductless heat pumps – with one indoor unit and one outdoor unit, single-split ductless heat pumps are suitable for an individual room Multi-split ductless heat pumps – with multiple indoor units connected to one outdoor unit, multi-split ductless heat pumps are best for heating and cooling multiple rooms.

Ducted heat pumps – with one outdoor unit connected to one or more concealed indoor units, ducted heat pumps distribute heat via ducting tubes to individual rooms. Ducted heat pumps are best for heating the whole home.

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