We haven’t exactly had much cold weather quite yet, but it will come soon enough. If last winter is any indicator, you’re going to need quality heating in your home to make sure you and your family stay comfortable and healthy. Preventive maintenance and prompt repairs as needed will be key to accomplishing this.
However, if you have an aging heater, and perhaps your air conditioner is getting up there in age too, then you may want to consider the installation of a heat pump system. These systems have a lot to offer! Read on to learn more.
“How Do Heat Pumps Work?”
A heat pump works in a similar fashion to a central air conditioning system, with some exceptions. Just like an AC system, a heat pump is composed of a pair of units—one is in installed indoors and the other outdoors. When the system is in heating mode, the outside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the air around your home. The refrigerant gas is then condensed back into a liquid inside the indoor unit, and then releases the collected heat into your home.
Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump is able to change the direction in which refrigerant flows. This gives it the ability to heat in the winter, but also to cool in the summer. This is the primary reason many homeowners choose this HVAC option.
Benefits of Heat Pump Use
Being able to depend on a single unit for your climate control all year-round is a big benefit in terms of saving money and space. These aren’t the only reasons people have heat pumps installed, though. These systems also tend to be much more energy-efficient than the majority of heating systems.
The reason is, they don’t have to combust fuel to generate heat. This means you don’t need to spend extra money each month on things like a higher gas or electric bill. Within just a few years of installation, your heat pump system will likely pay for itself in how much you’ll save.
Another factor worth mentioning is how convenient heat pumps are. With a more traditional two-system configuration, you’ll be paying for both an air conditioner installation and heater installation, in addition to the costs it takes to keep both these systems well maintained and repaired as needed.
If you’re using a heat pump system, you needn’t worry about the upkeep of two separate systems—you only need to worry about keeping that one system. The more systems you add to the equation, naturally the more time (and money) you’ll need to spend to keep them operating as they should. Better to install just one system—and enjoy the convenience of saving space and money.
Heat pumps are the most beneficial for homes in climates that experience relatively mild winters and very hot summers—making them perfect for our climate.