How does a heat pump work?
Heat pumps are a great solution for your home comfort system when you don’t have fossil fuel available and electric heat is the only option. The compressors and refrigerant cycle of the heat pump will compound the productivity of your electric heat in the winter giving you $2 – $3 dollars of electricity for every dollar you spend.
Heat pumps are matched with a backup heating source, most often electric heat for those extremely cold days of winter. A heat pump’s cooling performance is measured in SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings) ratings like air conditioners. The higher the number the more efficient the heat pump. There is also a rating for the heating performance: The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)
In the summer the heat pump cools your home by extracting the warm air in each room and replacing it with cool dry air. In the winter it actually runs in reverse, extracting warmth from outside air, supplementing it with back up heat to warm your home.
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