When consumers hear the words “heat pump,” it only stands to reason that their thoughts turn to home heating. It’s true that heat pumps can help you keep your home warm and cozy during the cold winter months, but did you know they can also help keep your home cool during the summer months? The Dept. of Energy (DOE) provides an explanation of how heat pump systems work to keep you comfortable, no matter what the weather outside is like.
According to the DOE, “heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners.” They work by using electricity to move heat from cool spaces to warm spaces, in turn making the cool area cooler and the warm area warmer. During the colder months, heat pumps work by bringing heat from outdoors indoors, and in the summer months, they move the heat from your house outdoors. Heat pumps move heat rather than create it, and as a result they can be much more energy-efficient than traditional systems.
Heat pumps are often used in ductless heating and cooling systems. Like typical heat pump systems used in ducted applications, these systems have two components, an outdoor compressor and an indoor air handler. The systems are linked via a small-diameter conduit. Many people choose to introduce heat pump systems to their home via ductless, because the advantages are many. First of all, there is no need to worry about adding more ductwork, because these systems require none. Ductless heat pump systems are generally simpler to install than traditional systems, so homeowners won’t have to contend with a large renovation project – and the mess that goes along with it.
Of course, as mentioned above, the most impressive benefit of a heat pump system is the energy efficiency, which translates into savings on your utility bills. According to the DOE, “heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.” And, with new developments in technology, heat pumps are able to function well in colder climates like those we experience in the Northeast, so installing a heat pump system in your home is a great choice for year-round comfort.
Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. is ready to assist you with your heat pump needs. We proudly service Carrier heating equipment and many other brands as well. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your heating needs.