Who needs a heat pump in the summertime? Many homeowners are discovering that economical and energy-efficient heat pump systems are a great alternatives to air conditioners and furnaces Despite the name, heat pumps don't generate heat -- they move it.
Using electrical power, heat pumps work like a refrigerator, moving warm air from where you don't want it (inside your home in summer) to where you do, outside. In winter, they pump the cold air out. Heat pumps also dehumidify better than traditional central A/C, which is a big plus here in mid-Ohio.
Types available include air-source pumps, geothermal ground source or air-source pumps. Ductless mini-split systems are also an option with air-source heat pumps.
Geothermal systems transfer heat between your residence and the ground or a nearby body of water. These systems are more expensive to install and have specific requirements such as property size and availability of water. However, they're much cheaper to operate.
Energy-saving features and options include:
- Two-speed compressors that allow the unit to be flexible, running only as much as is needed at a given time rather than being always on.
- Versatile dual- or variable-speed motors for inside blowers and/or outside fans. These systems are quieter since they keep air moving at a consistent speed. They also eliminate cold drafts and save electricity.
- Desuperheaters double as water heaters by using waste heat from the heat pump.
- Scroll compressors - units equipped with a scroll compressor last longer than traditional piston units, as well as being more energy efficient and quieter.
There's a lot more to know about heat pump technology. If you need advice specific to your home, contact the pros at Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating. We'll explain the options for your property layout and your family's needs. We have years of experience with all types of systems, and we handle everything from design to installation to service and repair.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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