Want to trim your budget and be more eco-friendly? Start with how you heat and cool your home. Yes, keeping the thermostat turned down during the day and upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace and/or air conditioning unit helps. But to keep on track with the latest in energy-efficient technology, many homeowners are considering heat pumps. Here are a few reasons why you should consider it, too.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is an HVAC unit that is used for both heating and cooling purposes, with an average lifespan of 15 years. It works in two ways: first it extracts heat energy from outside air—or ground levels (geothermal technology)—and draws it inside to heat your home. The second extracts heat energy from your home to maintain a cooler temperature during warmer months.
The main advantage of a heat pump is its energy efficiency. Instead of burning fuel to create and transfer heat, this smart system uses existing energy. The same goes for circulating cool air, making it a “greener” option compared to standard heating and cooling options.
What Types of Systems Work With Heat Pumps?
Ductless Systems—or mini-split systems—are used instead of a typical window air conditioner or baseboard heat unit. The ductless system is attached to the wall or ceiling and there is no ductwork required—only a small three-inch hole to connect the indoor and outdoor units. The ductless system uses a heat pump as the main source of heating and cooling power. And because it doesn’t require ductwork, it eliminates air loss that often comes with aging ductwork to save you money.
Furnace—when combined with a heat pump, this powerful pair creates a “dual fuel” or hybrid system. The heat pump is the primary heat source and it’s backed by a furnace, which kicks in when temperatures get too cold. A main benefit of a dual fuel system is that it can be manually controlled or programmed to automatically switch sources based on your preferences.
Can Heat Pumps Be Added to Existing Systems?
Yes, heat pumps are often added to existing HVAC systems. However, a professional technician should perform an analysis first to determine whether it’s a wise investment for you to make. Based on the climate and age of the existing unit, it may be more cost effective to install a new Bryant® system to pair with a heat pump.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Adding a Heat Pump to Your Home
It pays to consider upgrading to a heat pump to improve your home comfort and energy efficiency. Contact your trusted experts here at Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to find out if a heat pump is the right choice for your home and how you can benefit from it well into the future.