What Is A Heat Pump, And Is It Really The Right Choice For You?

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If your HVAC contractor has recommended that you switch from a traditional furnace and air conditioner, you probably have a few questions. First and foremost, you are probably wondering what a heat pump is, how it differs from the system you currently have, and what the benefits are of making a change. Well, you've come to the right place to have all those questions answered. Just keep reading.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a type of heating and cooling device that relies on electricity, only. It does not have a burner or combustion chamber to burn natural gas or any other fuel. Instead, it works by moving (or in other words, pumping) heat. In the winter, it pumps heat from outside to the inside of your home. In the summer, it works in the opposite direction, pumping heat out of your home. In this way, it is an air conditioner and heater all in one, and you can change its function just by flipping a switch, either on the unit itself or on your thermostat.

What are the benefits of switching to a heat pump?

Heat pumps have a couple of benefits over traditional HVAC systems. First of all, since they do not burn any fuel, they are often considered safer. You do not have to worry about a gas leak if you have a heat pump. They are also better for the planet, assuming your electricity is generated from an eco-friendly source. If you live in an area where gas is expensive but electricity is relatively cheap, you can save a bundle on energy by switching to a heat pump.

Then, there are the savings that come with buying only one appliance. Although a heat pump typically costs more than a furnace or an air conditioner individually, it is definitely cheaper than having to replace both appliances.

Should you get a heat pump?

If your HVAC technician is recommending a heat pump and feels it is a suitable solution given your climate and priorities, then go ahead. The installation process should not take much longer than with a traditional HVAC system, and you'll come out on top when it comes to affordability and comfort. There's really nothing to lose.

To learn more about heat pumps and their benefits, speak with your HVAC contractor. Anyone who installs heat pumps should have a wealth of information about them.

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7 April 2020

protecting the outdoor heat pump unit creatively

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