Heat Pumps

Close up of a heat pump.

Foss Heating & Cooling is experienced in the service, repair, and installation of heat pumps in Mount Vernon, 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 Foss 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 Mount Vernon, WA or surrounding-area home or office space, or to discuss any of these topics, call us today at 360-336-1517 or request service online for an evaluation.

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Heat Pump Maintenance in Camano Island, WA 98282

“Wonderful, professional service. Took time to explain and answer our questions. Brett was amazing. Will call again when necessary.”

– Jeri B.

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“On time, went right to work, explained what he was doing, at end summarized the status of the unit. Very polite and friendly.”

– James W.

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“Friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. Every interaction with Foss has been wonderful!”

– Nancy M.

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“Brett and Mason were amazing! Very professional, knowledgeable, punctual! They explained all they were doing and taught me about our system! Highly recommended!”

– Andrea M.

Heat Pump Repair in Mount Vernon, WA 98274

“Prompt service, informative & thorough techs”

– Bill C.

Heat Pump Repair in Mount Vernon, WA 98273

“Darien came out to find a electrical burning type smell for us. We are very happy with his service and he was very pleasant. Very happy overal with Foss.”

– Robert S.

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“Very knowledgeable & happy to explain all the working details. One of the few service calls I don’t hate!”

– Patty M.

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“Always great service”

– Dan R.

We had numerous mechanical difficulties with 2 different heat pumps

“I’m very greatful for the professionalism and commitment you showed to achieve customer satisfaction. You have intervened on our behalf when we had numerous mechanical difficulties with 2 different heat pumps ultimately absorbing the cost of a replacement system of a different brand. This type of commitment to the customer, in my experience, is rarely seen. This dedication to quality service permeates the entire company from receptionists to schedulers to technicians to the owners.”

– Ted & Carol H.


Foss Heating & Cooling proudly provides HVAC service to Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Burlington, Bow, Camano Island, La Conner, Sedro Woolley, Stanwood, and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 360-336-1517, or request service online today.