If you're like the thousands of Americans who have turned on the furnace inside their home, only to discover that it isn't working as well as it used to, you may be thinking about a replacement. While there are several options at your disposal — central heat, ductless mini-split, portable heaters — one type of heating system that you should investigate is a heat pump.
Like the other items mentioned above, heat pumps come in a variety of different makes and models, such as a geothermal heat pump, which uses long pipes inside the ground to extract the energy from the earth. Heat pumps usually all operate the same way: they convert the hot air outside to cool down your home in the summer, while the process is reversed in the wintertime.
Below are a few benefits of installing a heat pump in your home. If you have any questions about them, contact an HVAC specialist in your area.
Higher Energy Savings
There's no doubt that one of the main advantages of owning a heat pump inside your home is the savings on energy that you'll enjoy. Generally speaking, these devices are more energy-efficient than other heating systems since the only electricity that is used is that which is needed to power the motor. While paying for a heat pump installation may be more expensive than other types of heating systems, you'll make up for it down the road in the form of long-term energy savings. Heat pumps are also easier on the environment, which means that you reduce your carbon footprint as well.
Lower Maintenance and Repairs
Despite their name, heat pumps actually perform two functions: heating your home in the winter and cooling your home in the summertime. That means that a heat pump installation will effectively replace not only your heating elements but also your air conditioning system, which reduces the amount of service and repair calls by 50%. While this fact by itself indicates a less frequent repair service, the machines themselves are also remarkably simple to operate. Outside of a yearly maintenance call, heat pumps should run relatively error-free for the 8 to 12 years that they last on average.
More Even Heating
Over time, central heating systems can become less efficient at heating your home, which means you'll have cold spots throughout your house. While it is true that heat pumps are not usually as powerful as a central air furnace, they heat your home much more evenly, which provides you with a more comfortable environment to live in.