Why Should You Choose a Heat Pump?

Why Should You Choose a Heat Pump?If you’re facing the replacement of your HVAC system, you may be thinking about other options than your present forced air furnace and air conditioner.

One option is a heat pump. Heat pumps are known for the even heating and cooling they deliver, as well as the fact they don’t use fossil fuels. Heat pumps run on electricity, and are designed to use air, the ground or nearby bodies of water as sources of heating or cooling. Air source heat pumps are the most commonly used types.

How Air Source Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps, like air conditioners, are designed as split systems or packaged systems. They cool homes in a way that is similar to a central air conditioner. With a split system, refrigerant travels through coils located in the indoor component. The refrigerant absorbs heat in the house while a fan blows the heat from the refrigerant away. As the air cools, it is circulated through the home’s ductwork. Meanwhile, the cooling refrigerant is pumped outdoors to the condenser, where it goes through the process again.

For heating, a reverse valve allows the warm air to be absorbed from the outdoors and transferred indoors. There is generally enough warm air to make this process work well until the temperature drops into the lower 30s, at which point some auxiliary form of heat is needed. That might be electric resistance heating installed with the heat pump, or a gas furnace or other type of backup heating system.

Is a Heat Pump for Your Home?

Heat pumps can be very economical and efficient for cooling homes in our region. In winter, however, as temperatures fall and the auxiliary resistance heating comes on, Middletown homeowners may not find a heat pump to be particularly efficient. Augmenting the heat pump with a gas furnace might be your best bet.

However, technical improvements are resulting in heat pumps that are performing more efficiently in regions where the winters are colder.

To learn more about heat pumps, contact C.R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning. We have served the Middletown area since 1945.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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