New high efficiency heat pumps have many benefits not found in a furnace. They can heat your home more comfortably and cost much less to use than traditional heating systems. By using a heat pump you can be freed from dependency on gas and oil since heat pumps use electricity.
Heat pumps have been used in Europe and in the southern part of the country for many years. Before you decide if a heat pump can answer your heating needs, it is good to know a few important facts.
- A heat pump can save you up to 33 to 50% on your heating costs per year as opposed to a gas furnace or an AC unit with a heat strip.
- Heat pumps work not by heating the air, but by removing or adding heat to your home. It can be described as working opposite of how an air conditioner works. When the air in your home becomes cool, the heat pump will transfer heat into your home.
- You can also use a heat pump to cool your home. Since a heat pump works by transferring heat into or out of your home, it can also cool your home in the summer.
- Heat pumps transfer the heat by moving air over coils that either draw the heat out and transfer it to the outdoors or take the heat in and add it to your home. This is very similar to the action of an air conditioner, but in reverse.
- A heat pump can be an add-on to an air conditioning unit or if you are installing a new system, they can be a stand alone unit that looks similar to a central heat and air unit.
- You can use your existing duct work; no new duct work is needed.
Today’s heat pumps are much more efficient and do a better job of heating your home evenly and maintaining a comfortable temperature without any hot spots. They are best suited to mild climates, but can work in almost all parts of the country.