A heat pump functions like a heater and an air conditioner combined. In the summer, a heat pump works just like an air conditioner by removing heat from inside your home and blowing it outside your home. In the winter, the heat pump will warm your home by removing the heat from the air outside and blowing it inside.
In the right climate, heat pumps can be highly efficient and very useful, but heat pumps are still not as common as furnace and air conditioner combinations. In fact, many homeowners aren't even sure how to tell whether or not a heat pump is right for their needs. The more you know about heat pumps, the easier it will be for you to tell whether or not you would benefit from owning a heat pump.
How can you tell if a heat pump is right for you?
Heat pumps are a sensible choice for people who live in climates with mild winters because heat pumps are less efficient in lower temperatures. In areas of the country where daytime temperatures frequently fall below freezing, heat pumps may not be the most sensible choice.
If you're not sure whether or not your climate is right for a heat pump, talk to a heating installation and repair professional. He or she can tell you whether or not heat pumps work well in your area.
Why are heat pumps less efficient in lower temperatures?
In colder temperatures, your heat pump will need to be supplemented with an auxiliary heater that kicks on when the heat pump isn't able to extract as much heat as it needs from the outside. This auxiliary heating device is less efficient, and thus cuts back on the benefit of using a heat pump.
Why would a homeowner want a heat pump over an air conditioner and furnace combination? What's the advantage?
Having two units (a furnace and air conditioner) requires twice the maintenance over a heat pump because the heat pump is a single appliance that handles both heating and cooling. In addition, heat pumps are more efficient than furnaces overall, which can lead to reduced heating costs in the winter.
For more information about the advantages of a heat pump, and whether or not a heat pump is right for you, talk to your heating and cooling installation and repair person. He or she can help you determine whether or not a heat pump will meet your needs. If you're interested in learning more, check out websites like www.sparksrefrigeration.com.Share
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