Heat Pumps Have it All
...except for a fitting name
Although their name is misleading, a heat pump is quite versatile. It can cool, heat and dehumidify your home. Heat pumps look like an air conditioner and function like one when it is hot outside, but in the cool months they reverse operations and heat your home. It’s pretty cool (no pun intended). In Virginia, an electric-powered heat pump can be added to your current oil or gas fueled furnace solution to improve efficiency and reduce your overall heating costs.
Heat pumps can keep you comfortable in any season. Summer, winter, football, basketball, soccer, hockey... whatever the season, your heat pump is there to keep your home at the perfect temperature.
What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are an energy efficient alternative to a traditional air conditioner and furnace. A heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one area to another. A heat pump is an air conditioner in the summer and a reverse air conditioner in the winter. So, during the summer, the heat pump extracts heat from your indoor air making it cool, transfers the heat through the refrigerant and releases it to the outside. With this airflow, the system can make a warm home cooler in summer and warm a cool area in winter. Unlike older designs, today’s heat pumps can be used in even sub freezing temperatures.
What are the Benefits of a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is just one way that you could choose to heat (and cool) your home. You will find that it is a very popular choice and with good reason. So, what are the benefits?
- Environmentally friendly
- Can be used as the sole source of heat or used to supplement another system
- Since the heat pump moves heat from one area to another, it helps cool the home in summer and warm it in winter
- Reduced energy consumption means reduced utility bills
- Smaller than a traditional furnace
While heat pumps are known for being environmentally-friendly and a great choice for maintaining the temperature in your home, proper installation is vital. Make sure you work with an HVAC contractor who has experience with heat pumps in particular--this will assure you have the best possible results.
If you have any questions regarding heat pump repair in Northern Virginia or installing a new heat pump in your home, reach out to the team at Nichols & Phipps. We look forward to working with you!
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