December 9, 2020

Winter weather will soon arrive in Richardson, TX, so it’s time to get to know your heating system. If you’ve just purchased your home or have recently taken over managing the household maintenance, you might wonder whether you have a heat pump or a furnace. Here are three ways to tell which type of heating system is in your home.

1. Check the Unit

Locate the indoor heating system unit. In many homes, it’s in the basement or a utility room. It should have a panel or sticker with the type of system. It should also have a manufacturer’s name and model number. Furnaces don’t have an outdoor unit, but the outdoor unit of an air conditioner looks a lot like the outdoor unit of a heat pump. Heat pumps have both an indoor unit and an outdoor unit.

2. Look at the Manufacturer’s Website

If you don’t see any indication of whether you have a heat pump or a furnace by looking at the heating system unit in your home, do an internet search on the manufacturer’s name and model number. This should bring up the manufacturer’s page, which will state whether it is a heat pump or a furnace.

3. Look at the Outdoor Unit

If the fan of the outdoor unit is spinning while hot air blows from your home’s vents, you have a heat pump. You can also take a look at the labels on the outdoor unit. If they start with “HP,” this means you have a heat pump. Look at the Energy Guide label on the equipment. If you see ratings for seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and heating season performance factor (HSPF), your home has a heat pump.

Hammack Service Company, Inc. is Richardson’s trusted provider of heating maintenance. Homeowners also turn to us for high-quality heating and air conditioning repair, replacement and installation services. Our maintenance agreements and indoor air quality solutions are designed with your comfort, well-being and budget in mind. To learn more about what type of heating system your home has, give us at Hammack Service Company, Inc. a call today.

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