From Two to One: Replacing Your Traditional Furnace and Air Conditioning Systems with a Heat Pump

Despite their name, heat pumps do more than just heat your home. They also offer humidity control and air conditioning as well. Throughout the heating season, this device moves heat from the outdoors into your home to warm it and then transfers heat from your home to the outdoors throughout the cooling season. One of the significant benefits of this system over a typical HVAC is that you don't have to install individual systems to cool and heat your home. If you're seeking a reliable and energy efficient way to heat and cool your home, our heat pump units may be just the thing you need. Keep reading for additional information about heat pumps and the benefits they can offer you.

How a Heat Pump Works

Perfect Aire air conditionerNaturally, heat flows from higher to lower temperatures. However, using a comparatively small amount of high-quality energy, heat pumps can force heat flow in the reverse direction. The technology in heat pumps allows them to transfer heat from natural sources in their surroundings, such as the ground, air, or water to an industrial application or building.

A heat pump contains an evaporator and a compressor. Refrigerant inside the evaporator converts from liquid to a gas before traveling to the compressor. There, vapor compression occurs to increase temperature and pressure. In the condenser unit, liquefaction of hot vapors takes place, releasing the condensation as heat. The refrigerant then moves through an expansion valve where the pressure is lowered and continues to the evaporator where the same process takes place. All heat obtained from the surroundings is free. Only a minimal amount of electric power is necessary for the operation of the compressor. When temperatures start to creep up, you can even reverse the device to serve the role of cooling by pulling cool air in and pushing warm air out.

Types of Heat Pumps

The three major kinds of heat pumps are air source, split-ductless, and geothermal. If you're looking to install a heat pump, we have a wide range of heat pumps for sale, and our professionals can determine the appropriate size and product for your climate and home.

Air-Source

These are the most commonly installed systems. They include two parts: an air handler (indoor unit) and a heat pump (outdoor unit). A refrigerant circulates through tubing between the two units; releasing and absorbing heat as it moves. New models of these systems can decrease your heating expenses by approximately 50% over baseboard heaters and electric furnaces. Additionally, they dehumidify better than typical ACs, allowing for a more comfortable home during warmer months.

Split-Ductless

These systems also have two different units, but in this case, they are an external condenser/compressor and 1-4 interior air handlers. The installation of the quiet indoor units takes place on a ceiling or wall with a remote control to aid in their operation. These systems also move refrigerant through tubing that links the outdoor and indoor units. However, these kinds of heat pumps don't need ductwork, making them ideal for single-room additions or homes that lack ducts. The cost of installing these systems with numerous indoor units can be higher., but federal rebates and other incentives can decrease the initial cost of installation.

Geothermal

These systems move heat through pipes buried underground in either horizontal or vertical loops. The pipes comprise a water solution that's warmed by the steady 50-60-degree F temperature of the pond, ground, or well before being circulated out and into your home. Geothermal heat pumps can control humidity and decrease your home's energy consumption by 25-50% compared to a standard cooling and heating system. Moreover, they're long-lasting, quiet, and need minimal maintenance.

Advantages of Heat Pumps

They Offer Both Heating and Cooling

Heat pumps can heat during winter and cool during summer and are perfect for temperate climates where winters are mild. The advantage of investing in one of our heat pump systems for sale is that you only need to purchase and install one system instead of two. Additionally, when it comes to repair or maintenance, you only need to be concerned about one system, making them very popular.

Consistency and Comfort

With these systems, you won't need to worry about uneven cooling and heating, which is at times an issue encountered with conventional HVAC systems.

Energy Efficiency

These systems use less energy compared to typical furnaces and air conditioners because they're simply moving air from one area to another rather than burning energy to create warm or cool air. If you reside in an area with a moderate climate and are in the market for an energy efficient heating and cooling solution, give our professional team of heat pump installers a call today. We can go over all of the benefits of a heat pump with you and help you decide if installing a heat pump is the best choice for your home.  
January 21, 2019
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