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About Us

The Louisiana Heat Pump Association is a State-wide organization of well trained, highly skilled, air conditioning and heating contractors. The Association was formed to promote high quality installations and servicing of high efficiency air conditioning equipment and heat pumps and included industry partners such as distributors, vendors and suppliers. It’s conception, in 1986, was to include and offer every homeowner/consumer in the State of Louisiana, energy efficient, high quality systems. The founding fathers thought so highly of their elite organization that a “Code of Ethics” was created to assure the consumers that every member operates their business by them. The Code of Ethics are still a requirement to be upheld, for new contractors joining the Association.

Though the State of Louisiana does not require HVAC contractors to be licensed and insured, a consumer can enjoy “Peace of Mind” contracting with a LHPA member. Each member contractor is required to carry all necessary insurance’s and attend numerous training sessions, in order to remain in good standing with the Association. From “State of the Art’ business practices, to the latest in super high energy efficient systems, the consumer can rest assured that a great decision was made to use a member of the Louisiana Heat Pump Association.

Each member of the nine chapters throughout the State has vowed to educate and offer the consumer the best system application for replacement or new construction installations.

Frequently Asked Questions

COMMON HVAC TERMS

HVAC

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning are all represented in the industry term, HVAC. The term is used in several fields (like mechanical engineering), however for our purposes, HVAC refers to the heating and air conditioning equipment, AC services, and maintenance of central heating and AC systems.

ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals reduce energy costs and protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992 to promote awareness of energy-efficient products.

SEER

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency.

EER

EER stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. Like SEER, the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of a cooling unit is determined by the output cooling divided by the electrical power input. As opposed to SEER which is calculated over a range of outside temperatures, EER is typically determined by a set outside air temperature, a set inside air temperature and a 50% relative humidity. For a comparison point, 11 EER is roughly equivalent to 13 SEER.

HSPF

HSPF stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) is used to measure the efficiency of heat pump . The HSPF is a ratio of the heat output to electricity use over an average heating season, and the higher the HSPF the greater the energy efficiency.

BTU / BTUH

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. One British Thermal Unit (BTU) represents the amount of heat required to raise or lower the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. The heat extracted from your home by an air conditioner is measured in BTUs. The cooling and heating capacities are referred to in British Thermal Units per hour, or BTUH. For reference, 12,000 BTUh equals one ton of cooling.

COMMON HVAC TOPICS

AIR HANDLER

The air handler is an important part of your air conditioning equipment. Its job is to effectively circulate conditioned air throughout your home.

WHAT IT IS

Your central heating and cooling system consists of two main parts—an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, or air handler. When matched with a heat pump, it circulates both cool and hot air, depending on the season. With properly sized Trane air handlers, your family has the right amount of clean, comfortable air all year round. Plus, Trane air handlers make a significant contribution to the overall efficiency of your system. That’s because the more efficient your air handler is, the less work your outdoor unit has to do to make your home comfortable.

HOW IT WORKS

The air handler typically exist of Evaporator coil, blower, heat strip and controls. It is generally located indoors.The blower circulates air across the evaporator coil and/or heat strips and through out the duct system giving you either cool or warm air.

ALL IN ONE PACKAGES

Packaged systems are all-in-one solutions, with most of the components for heating and/or cooling housed in a single cabinet. Packaged systems are popular in certain regions, especially here in Louisiana!

Typically, packaged units are installed outdoors at ground level, in a crawl space, or they may be installed on the roof for horizontal or down-flow designs. Available in the same configurations, and utilizing the same components as split systems, packaged units also offer a variety of efficiency options. Unlike split systems, in a packaged system, most components are in one cabinet. According to your needs, you can select from the many types of packaged systems available:

PACKAGED AIR CONDITIONER

In parts of the country where the weather tends to be warmer, a packaged air conditioner is the perfect solution. Higher-efficiency units are also available variable speed, offering better humidity control.

PACKAGED HEAT PUMP

With heating, air conditioning and air-handling functions in one unit, a packaged heat pump can take care of all your home comfort needs.

PACKAGED DUAL FUEL

A packaged dual fuel unit has what you might call a split personality. As a heat pump, it cools and dehumidifies your house in the summer. During the spring and fall, the heatpump provides high-efficiency heating. Then, when the temperature dips well below freezing, it can provide gas heat for greater comfort. If you live where natural gas is not available, you can use propane gas as fuel.

PACKAGED GAS ELECTRIC

A packaged gas electric unit offers you electric air conditioning and gas heating. In warm weather, it’s an all-electric high-efficiency air conditioner. In cold weather, it provides warmth from natural gas or propane, giving you the best of both energy worlds

EVAPORATOR CELLS

The evaporator coil works with the indoor unit, functioning with the air conditioner or heat pump to cool and condition indoor air that flows over it by drawing out heat and moisture.

WHAT IT IS

The coil, also known as an evaporator coil or an indoor coil, is the unsung hero of any home heating or cooling system. Its job, heat transfer, is one of the most important factors in achieving heating and cooling efficiencies that keep your home comfortable all year long.

HOW IT WORKS

An evaporator coil is located indoors and is either installed with your furnace or as part of your air handler. Inside the coil, the refrigerant evaporates as it absorbs heat from the indoor air that passes over it. The coil essentially serves as a “heat exchanger,” working with your heating system in the winter and your cooling system in the summer.

KEEPING IT CLEAN

A dirty indoor coil lowers the efficiency and performance of your total system. To keep your system operating at design performance, have your coil cleaned regularly. Indoor coils are often dirty because they’re usually so difficult to access.

Thermostat

A thermostat does more than just monitor and adjust temperature settings. It can program certain settings to your daily routine and also allow you to connect to your thermostat remotely using wifi.

DUAL FUEL

Dual fuel refers to a system having the option of two fuel sources to maximize efficiency. Dual-fuel systems optimize energy use by selecting the best source of fuel.

WHAT IS A HEAT PUMP?

Technically, a heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. Installation for this type of system typically consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner, but referred to as a heat pump. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.en discharge). An LHPA expert can help you choose the best method for this type installation.

HOW DOES A HEAT PUMP WORK?

Think of a heat pump as a heat transporter constantly moving warm air from one place to another, to where its needed or not needed, depending on the season. Even in air that’s seems too cold, heat energy is present. When it’s cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. When it’s warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.

One advantage of a heat pump is that it moves heat instead of generating heat, giving you more energy efficiency. Also, it is powered by electricity, so you can save substantially on fuel consumption.

Note that heat pumps are best for moderate climates, and a supplemental heating source may be needed for lower temperatures. As a year-round solution for home comfort, Trane heat pumps can become a key part of your matched system. The LHPA can help you decide if a heat pump system is right for you.

Geothermal Heat Pump:

A geothermal heat pump system doesn’t heat or cool your home by burning fossil fuels or using electricity in the ways you’re used to. Instead, it uses electricity to transfer the near-constant temperatures found deep in the earth to your home. It works on a very simple principle: no matter what the air temperature is outside, under the surface of the earth, the temperature remains constant. Which means that during the summer, the earth is cooler than the outside air, and in the winter, the earth is warmer than the outside air. This temperature exchange is transferred from home to earth via a closed coupled loop that circulates fluid to move the energy. This system also couples with lakes and ponds and or in some cases a water well (open discharge). An LHPA expert can help you choose the best method for this type installation.

MATCHED SYSTEM

A matched system takes a more holistic and efficient view of answering your comfort needs and providing energy savings by combining components that are made to work seamlessly together.

Different houses have different needs. You can choose from many components to create the right matched system for you. Depending on your region, a matched system can be composed of the following: an air conditioner and furnace, a heat pump and furnace, a heat pump and air handler, an air conditioner and air handler, or an all-in-one “packaged” system.

ALL-IN-ONE OR PACKAGED SYSTEM

Packaged systems are all-in-one solutions, with most of the components for heating and/or cooling housed in a single cabinet. Packaged systems are popular in certain regions, especially here in Louisiana!

Typically, packaged units are installed outdoors at ground level, in a crawl space, or they may be installed on the roof for horizontal or down-flow designs. Available in the same configurations, and utilizing the same components as split systems, packaged units also offer a variety of efficiency options. Unlike split systems, in a packaged system, most components are in one cabinet. According to your needs, you can select from the many types of packaged systems available:

PACKAGED AIR CONDITIONER

In parts of the country where the weather tends to be warmer, a packaged air conditioner is the perfect solution. Higher-efficiency units are also available with variable speed offering better humidity control.

A packaged dual fuel unit has what you might call a split personality. As a heat pump, it cools and dehumidifies your house in the summer. During the spring and fall, the heatpump provides high-efficiency heating. Then, when the temperature dips well below freezing, it can provide gas heat for greater comfort. If you live where natural gas is not available, you can use propane gas as fuel.

PACKAGED GAS ELECTRIC

A packaged gas electric unit offers you electric air conditioning and gas heating. In warm weather, it’s an all-electric high-efficiency air conditioner. In cold weather, it provides warmth from natural gas or propane, giving you the best of both energy worlds.