When homeowners think of installing a heating and cooling system in their home, they often think of air conditioners and furnaces. These are standard options for a reason, but they are not the only options available. If you recently had solar installed and you’re looking to save energy usage, lower fuel dependency, and be more environment-friendly, a heat pump could be the perfect option for you. Not sure what a heat pump is or whether it’s for you? Let’s break it down in today’s blog:
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a device that is used year-round to heat and cool your home using refrigerant and electricity. What makes them amazing is that they do not require natural gas or propane to heat your home! The process of how a heat pump provides air conditioning is by transferring heat from one place to another. A heat pump is basically an air conditioner that allows the machine to pump heat in both directions – removing heat from your home in the summer and adding heat to your home in the winter. A heat pump combined with indoor air quality products helps free the home of dust and allergens, as well as reducing any stuffiness resulting in a nice comfortable home.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
An air conditioner uses an indoor coil that has cold refrigerant being pumped through it that readily absorbs a certain amount of heat from the warm room. Once the heat is removed from the air, it comes out of the registers in the home much cooler than when it entered. The refrigerant is pumped to the outdoor section and the refrigerant releases the heat to the outside air. In heating mode, the refrigerant cycle is reversed so that it is absorbing heat from the outdoor air. Yes, even when it is cold outside the air contains enough heat to be used to heat the home. The refrigerant then travels back to the indoor section where the heat is released into the airstream and into the home.
The most common type of residential Heat Pump is an Air to Air Heat Pump but there are others such as Geo Thermal and Water Source.
Benefits of a Heat Pump
If you’re looking for a cost saving option or a chance to go green, heat pumps could be the way to go. Here are some of the benefits our customers enjoy from heat pumps:
- Lower Energy Costs. Because High Efficiency Heat Pumps require much less energy to operate — without the need to burn natural gas or propane in order to keep your home warm. You can see significant savings in energy costs, so cost-wise, you’ll receive a faster and more satisfying ROI than other heating and cooling options.
- Less Fuel Dependency. You won’t need to break the bank paying the utility company or gas supplier for Natural Gas or Propane. Because of the reduced fuel dependency, that’s even more savings you can enjoy from this form of heating and cooling.
- Functions as Both Heating and Cooling. You won’t need a heat pump and a furnace or a heat pump and an air conditioner. The heat pump will do both. In the winter, it will heat the home and during the hot summer months, it will cool the home
Interested in a heat pump for your home? Contact Service Champions today for more information or to schedule an installation.