What You Should Know About Heat Pumps

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While forced-air furnaces and central air-conditioning units are still incredibly popular for their effective heating and cooling, more and more homeowners are choosing heat pumps for their own cost-friendly benefits. If your current heating system is on the fritz or getting old, it may be time to replace your system, so check out these five facts you should know about heat pumps to determine if one is right for you.

They Provide Cooling and Heating for Your Home

Heat pumps don't just heat your home. They can also provide cooling during the summer. They work by moving air to create a comfortable temperature inside the home. During the summer, your heat pump will pull hot air from inside the home and pump it outside. At the same time, the system will pull in cool air from outside to pump inside the home. During the winter, the machine works in reverse to pull in hot air and expel cool air to warm the home.

They Are Energy-Efficient but Less Effective Than Forced-Air Furnaces

Forced-air furnaces and central air conditioning provide the fastest and most effective ways to heat and cool your home. Unfortunately, these require a lot of energy, which you end up paying for on your monthly energy bill. Heat pumps use a lot less energy than other systems, so you recoup some of your investment each month in savings. On the downside, however, this means heat pumps aren't as effective as other systems. Not only will it take longer to reach a comfortable temperature, but depending on where you live, a heat pump alone may not be enough. You may still need a backup furnace and/or air conditioning system for extreme weather.

Geothermal Systems Are More Effective and Efficient

When choosing your heat pump, you'll choose between air-source and geothermal. Air-source heat pumps pull heated or cooled air from the outside air. Geothermal systems pull heated or cooled air from the ground. This makes them more effective because it's easier to find the desired hot or cold air. As a result, the geothermal systems are also more efficient. You'll use less energy and save even more on your heating and cooling bills.   

Air-Source Heat Pumps Are Affordable

The downside to geothermal systems is their cost. You can expect to spend $10,000 to $30,000 for a geothermal heat pump. On the other hand, an air-source heat pump is about $500 to $2,000. The cost may increase, however, if you don't already have existing ductwork. Geothermal systems last longer because they are mostly stored underground, but this may make repairs and replacement more complicated and expensive than air-source systems.

They May Allow for Advanced Features

You may also be able to find heat pumps with advanced features, which boost efficiency even more. For example, if you get a heat pump with a two-speed compressor system, you can use zoned heating and cooling. With zoned heating and cooling, you can cool or heat certain parts of your home while ignoring others. Unlike closing vents, this doesn't put any extra strain on the system. With zoned heating and cooling, you can save more money and use less energy by only heating/cooling the rooms you are currently using.

Heat pumps may not be the most effective way to heat and cool your home, but they are affordable and efficient. If you are sick of paying too much on energy each month, it may be time to replace your old system for something more energy efficient. For more information on heating and cooling options or to get a quote on residential heating installation, contact a heating and cooling specialist in your area today.

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2 October 2018

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