If you're in the market for a new heating system, you've likely heard of a heat pump. However, you may not know just what makes this type of system unique or the many advantages to opting for a heat pump system.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump system works by transferring the warm air just beneath the surface of the ground into your home in the winter and the naturally cool ground air in the winter. Since the heated (or cooled) air is transferred and not created as happens with traditional heating and cooling systems, heat pumps are deemed to be eco-friendly and usually kinder to your utility budget.
What are the benefits of choosing a heat pump system?
- One system both heats and cools. One of the key advantages to a heat pump system is that one system both heats and cools air. Even though a heat pump system is usually more expensive than a forced air gas furnace, the cost ends up being much less than it would be to purchase two separate systems.
- Heat pumps are energy-efficient. As we mentioned above, heat pumps transfer conditioned air rather than create it. Therefore, they use much less energy. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average household can save up to 40 percent on their heating costs each year by making the switch to a heat pump. If you're worried about those few, extra-cold days, don't! Heat pump systems for our region are paired with a back-up forced air furnace that kicks in on those rare days when the temperature is well below freezing.
- Heat pumps are very versatile. There are systems to heat a single room or an entire house. There are even ductless systems, ideal for older homes and new additions.
- Heat pumps are quieter than traditional forced air furnaces. Since there isn't a furnace cycling on and off constantly, a heat pump system creates much less noise than a traditional heating system.
- You may qualify for a tax savings by installing a heat pump system. The federal government is offering tax savings for households that invest in certain types of heat pump systems from now until December 31, 2016. Our technicians are well versed in this program and can help you select a system that will qualify you for the rebates.