Winterizing Your Home? How Heat Pumps Can Keep Your Family Warm All Winter Long
Should you buy a heat pump? This alternative form of HVAC is a great way to heat your house. Here’s everything you need to know
Now is the season to winterize your home. Preventative HVAC maintenance, insulating your pipes, and winterizing your AC unit are all crucial steps you should take before the cold weather hits. But there’s one step you may not have considered. Installing a heat pump could be the difference between cozy and chilly during a North Carolina winter. What is a heat pump? How does it work? Should you buy one? We’ll cover everything you need to know about how a heat pump functions, why it’s useful, and what you need to know before making the purchase.
What Is A Heat Pump?
Most folks are familiar with how a central air conditioning unit works. A heat pump functions similarly, and is part of your HVAC system (HVAC means heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Your heat pump will be permanently installed outside, close to your home. It will work with an internal network of ductwork and vents to distribute conditioned air throughout your living spaces. A heat pump consists of both an indoor and an outdoor component that function together. The outdoor unit has a coil that can function as both an evaporator and a condenser, depending on whether heating or cooling is required. The indoor unit has a fan as well as a coil. The heat pump also contains refrigerant and a compressor to adequately process and distribute the ambient heat.
What Does A Heat Pump Do?
A heat pump can do more than just heat your home! Unlike a central AC unit, which only performs two functions (conditions and cools the air), a heat pump will condition the air, and can heat it or cool it, depending on the conditions outside. For this reason, some homeowners choose to install just a heat pump, instead of a heating unit and a cooling unit. Current models are incredibly efficient at performing both tasks.
A heat pump will collect or gather surrounding heat from the ground and air around the unit. It then conditions the air to the proper temperature and distributes it through the ductwork, into your home.
In the warm months, the heat pump will gather hot air from inside the home, and transfer it out of doors.
Should I Buy A Heat Pump?
A heat pump works best in mild climates. If the winter temperature regularly dips to freezing or below, this may not be the most efficient way to heat your home. However, in a region with a temperature or moderate winter, such as North Carolina, this could be a great investment.
Some owners may be disturbed by the noise, as heat pumps are not silent as they operate. However, a very loud heat pump, or one that makes rattling noises, is the sign of damage.
Which Type Of Heat Pump Is Best: Air-Source Or Ground-Source?
There are two common types of heat pumps. An air-source heat pump will function with the available outdoor and indoor air. This is a good choice for homeowners on a budget. A ground-source heat pump will process air between the indoors and the ground. This option, also called geothermal heat, is costly to install but will result in long-term savings and increased energy efficiency.
Are Heat Pumps Environmentally Friendly?
Short answer: Yes! A heat pump is an eco-conscious way to heat and cool your home. A heat pump is powered by electricity, and does not run on fossil fuel, which means that it has a smaller environmental impact than traditional methods of heating the home.
If you’re considering installing a heat pump, now is the time to do so. You’ll want to hire a professional to help you get set up before the cold weather hits. The benefit of taking the plunge now is that you’ll be already set up for the switch to home cooling once summer (finally) rolls back around. Heat pumps may not be your first thought when it comes to HVAC systems, but they are certainly a great option!
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