Heat Pumps: What are they and why do you need one?
Choosing a new HVAC system is a long term commitment, so why not choose a system that will save you money and has a positive impact on the environment? Heat pumps are a great heating and cooling system option. It is an energy efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners.
What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps work like your refrigerator. They use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. A heat pump works like an air conditioner in the summer, but it runs in reverse in the winter to heat your home. Because heat pumps transfer heat rather than generate heat, they can provide equivalent space conditioning at a lower cost than a conventional heating or cooling appliance.
Heat pumps have SEER ratings like air conditioners and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) ratings for measuring heating efficiency. Higher SEER and HSPF ratings mean greater energy savings. There are two common types of heat pumps; air-source and geothermal. An air-source heat pump transfers heat between your home and the outside air. Geothermal, or ground-source heat pumps, transfer heat between your home and the ground or the closest water source. Geothermal heat pumps have low operating costs and can be used in climates with more extreme weather.
How Do I Maintain a Heat Pump?
Like all heating and cooling machines, you must perform regular maintenance to keep the machine running in tip-top shape. If you neglect to take care of your heat pump it could end up costing you more money. You will need to clean or change the air filters once a month depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. Dirty filters and fans will reduce airflow. Most filters will last anywhere from 8 to 12 months. You should also have a professional heating and cooling technician look at your heat pump once a year to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Heat pumps are an excellent way for you to save money no matter what season it is. It acts as a furnace and air conditioner, but you’re only paying for one machine. It offers long-term cost savings and less dependence on fossil fuels. Your heat pump will supply lower-temperature air than a fossil-fueled furnace, so your heat pump will run for longer periods of time. It delivers steady heating with less energy consumption than the fossil-fueled competition. If you are interested in installing a heat pump or would like more information, contact Chapman Heating and Cooling today.
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