A heat pump can both heat and cool. A heat pump will pump heat into your home in the winter, and pump it out in the summer. It uses a very small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. Heat pumps are extremely efficient because they transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it.
Why consider a Heat Pump?
- A heat pump can save you as much as 60% on heating costs compared to a gas furnace.
- Heat pumps provide a more continuous flow of heat and a more even temperature than gas furnaces.
- Electric heat pumps have no open flame so there is no possibility of fuel leaks of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- The SEER rating of a heat pump indicates how efficient the unit is. The higher the SEER rating – the more energy and money you save.
A heat pump works much like a refrigerator. When you open the door and place warm food inside, your refrigerator will remove the unwanted heat that has accumulated. You can feel that heat coming into your kitchen through your refrigerator's exhaust fan. Similarly the heat pump will extract any heat that is present in the air outdoors in the winter months and will deliver it to the inside of your home to keep you warm. This process reverses in the summer. The heat pump will pull heat out of the air inside your home and release it outside. This process keeps your home cool and dry.
How can you tell the difference between a heat pump and a regular system?
One way to quickly identify if you have a heat pump is to turn your thermostat to heat until the unit comes on. If the outside unit is running and you feel heat in your home, then you have a heat pump. There is an indoor unit and an outdoor unit of a heat pump.The indoor unit is called the air handler and looks similar to a gas furnace. The outdoor unit contains the compressor and it looks similar to an air conditioner. The compressor is considered the heart of the system because it is the pump that circulates the refrigerant through the loop. (refrigerant is a special liquid that absorbs and releases the heat as it travels through the loop and circulates between the indoor and outdoor unit.
Inverter Heat Pump by Daikin