Are you looking for a more efficient way to keep your home warm compared to a traditional furnace? If so, a heat pump might be the perfect choice for you.
Although these devices work best in regions with slightly mild winters, they can be effective in most climates throughout the U.S.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a device similar to a central air conditioning unit, which has two basic functions – heating and cooling.
During colder periods, the heat pump moves heat from outdoors into your home. During warm periods, the function is reversed, as warm air is pumped from the inside of the house and moved outdoors.
Essentially, a heat pump exists as an energy efficient way to heat a home. Instead of creating heat or cold air, a heat pump simply moves existing air.
This is a very simplified explanation of heat pumps, as there are actually three different types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source and geothermal. These different types of heat pumps come at different price points and achieve different levels of efficiency.
A traditional forced air furnace uses energy to create hot air and distributes it throughout the ducts in your home. The energy used to create this heat comes from the burning of natural gas or propane.
What’s so good about heat pumps?
If you are someone who is environmentally conscious, a heat pump may be the right choice for you.
Instead of relying on fossil fuels to heat your home, a heat pump absorbs energy from the ground and the air, and then distributes it throughout your home, in an energy efficient way.
The price tag of a heat pump may also be an enticing factor. If you are building a home or are gutting your house, a heat pump could save you thousands of dollars. Instead of installing a forced air furnace and an air conditioning unit, a heat pump only requires one unit to be installed, which handles both functions.
If you choose to install a heat pump in your new home, or switch from a forced air furnace and air conditioning unit, contact Plumbers 911 for any installation or maintenance help. Plumbers 911 will refer you to an expert local plumber, who can give advice, install and maintain your heat pump.