More and more homeowners are becoming interested in heat pumps for their homes these days, and with good reason Many homeowners still aren’t sure what a heat pump is, however, how they work, or if they are a good investment for their Alliance home. While heat pumps are fairly common in the warmer states of the country, they are sometimes less well known in other areas, but that is slowly changing. So to determine whether or not a heat pump is the right heating option for your Alliance home, the first thing we need to do is help you familiarize you with exactly what a heat pump is.
What Is A Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are basically central air conditioners that can provide cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. During the winter months, they will literally run in reverse, drawing heat from the outside of your home or up from the ground and pumping it into your home. A heat pump can actually be one of the most efficient methods of heating and cooling your home, and can be a great option for a number of reasons.
Heat Pump Benefits
- By having a single system that provides heating and cooling to your home, you can save on upfront equipment costs by not having to purchase a furnace.
- Combining the mechanical efficiency of a heat pump with off-peak seasonal electricity rates in the winter months means that you will be looking at lower energy costs for your home’s heating.
Because heat pumps use electricity efficiently as opposed to burning fossil fuels, they are
generally a cleaner heating solution and are less harmful to the environment overall.
Cautions To Investing In A Heat Pump
While heat pump technology is becoming more and more efficient at heating and cooling as advancements are made, there are still some circumstances where a furnace or a secondary heat source will be necessary. In areas of the country that regularly get temperatures below 15 degrees F for extended periods of time, heat pumps can struggle to find enough heat in the outside air to pump inside, and will often have to have a secondary heating solution in place to make up for it. Ground heat pumps function a little bit differently, however, and don’t require as much assistance since the warmth they draw is from underground, which remains at a fairly consistent temperature year round. It is always a good idea to talk to your local Alliance HVAC contractor about the latest high efficiency heat pumps and dual fuel systems available in the area.
Using a heat pump that does both heating and cooling can give you a low cost, high efficiency and environmentally friendly solution to your comfort needs, so it pays to make sure you do your research when you are making the decision on which heating solution is right for your Alliance home.