The innovative technology of the electric heat pump became popular in the 1970s as an alternate way to both heat and cool your home. The system works by moving heat from one space to another. In the winter, the heat pump draws heat energy from outside air and brings it inside your home. In the summer the system reverses and moves the heat out of your home to cool it.
Although electricity is more expensive than gas, many homeowners found heat pumps beneficial in supplementing their gas furnace during more moderate temperatures and operating as an air conditioner in the summer. In those early years, however, heat pumps tended to be less efficient in colder climates.
Today, new technology has a made the heat pump a great option in any climate, even extremely cold areas. They also may be a better option in today’s green, energy efficient homes, where even small furnaces may be too large for the demands of these well-insulated structures. And because heat pumps still use electricity to move heat rather than generate it, they still create more energy than they consume, making them a great choice for the environment.
New Technology – Many Choices
If you believe a heat pump may be right for you, consider the following:
Today’s heat pumps use variable speed motors and can produce more heat, making them viable in colder climates,
In moderate climates, today’s heat pumps may save you more money than gas heat and standard air conditioning.
Small capacity heat pumps may be more suitable for high-performance homes than any furnace.
For maximum efficiency, a ground-source heat pump, or Geothermal System, draws heat from the constant temperatures underground. These systems save on utility bills but cost more to install.
A standard air-source heat pump is as simple to install as an air conditioner.
Contact our professionals today for an assessment on how you might save money on your heating bills. Whether you need service on your heat pump, are considering an upgrade or supplement to your furnace, or believe you need a new system, we can help you balance the investment to potential savings, and determine what is best for you.