Heat Pumps – They’re Not the Enemy
There’s a misconception about heat humps that we would like to clear up. Heat pumps are not the enemy. Sometimes prospective homebuyers are turned off by the thought of using a heat pump instead of a traditional heating and cooling system. But heat pumps are actually a very efficient alternative to electric heat.
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.
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.
What turns people off about heat pumps is the initial cost of equipment, installation costs, the cost of electricity and the potential for increased maintenance costs. While any system will be expensive in the beginning, the return on invest is great with a heat pump. Also, raising and lowering a heat pump thermostat will actually raise your bill because it forces the more expensive back up to come on when it would not normally be needed. Be sure to set your thermostat on a comfortable temperature and don’t move it.
The filter for this unit is designed to keep airborne dirt from clogging your heating coils inside the heat pump. If the filter gets clogged, then the heat pump won’t be able to move enough air, and it won’t properly heat your home. Make sure you check the filter every three months or as often as the manufacturer recommends.
Heat pumps are a great solution for your home comfort system because they work to provide both heating and cooling. Heat pumps have SEER ratings like air conditioners. Higher SEER ratings mean greater energy savings. What’s not to love? Just like our air conditioners, many of our heat pumps have advanced features, such as 2-stage compressors and variable speed fan operation. These features not only improve the comfort level of your home, but can provide additional energy savings as well.
Don’t hate the heat pump, embrace it! For more information about heat pumps, check out this blog post. Do you have questions about your heat pump you need answered? Give us a call at 317-291-4909 today!
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