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Heat Pump Pros and Cons: Is it Right For You?

Are you thinking about using a heat pump to help heat your home?

It could be a great choice. Especially if you live in a more temperate region.

Before you make any major decision though, it's important to understand how a heat pump works.

And even more importantly, you'll want to know all the heat pump pros and cons.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Without getting too detailed about it, we'll start by saying that a heat pump doesn't actually pump heat.

A heat pump is essentially an air conditioning system that's fitted with a few more components that enable it to provide heat as well as cooling.

Rather than pumping heat, it pumps the refrigerant in the cooling system which then extracts, moves and releases heat from one location to another.

Why does this matter?

Because this is what separates heat pumps from heating systems that burn fuel to produce heat. And not having to burn fuel could mean improved energy efficiency throughout your home.

Sounds good so far. So let's dig a little deeper.

Other Heat Pump Pros

We've already looked at energy-efficiency as a definite pro. In fact, heat-pump systems can generate up to 400 percent more heat-energy than energy consumed. That equals significant savings on your energy bill.

Here are some other pros:

1. More Control

A hot air furnace can blast hot air into your living space, but not in a very precise manner. Heat pumps, on the other hand, allow for a degree of control and ability to adjust temperatures that standard air and hot water systems typically can't.

2. Low Maintenance

You need only to periodically clean the filter and have your HVAC pro do a checkup.

3. Less Noise

A heat pump is very quiet. Especially when compared to a big furnace.

4. Improved Performance

Heat pumps in the past were notorious for their inability to perform at low temperatures. But modern heat pumps use updated technology that makes this much less of an issue.

And if you live in a warmer region where temperatures don't plummet in the winter, this is even less of an issue.

Heat Pump Cons

Of course, with all of these great reasons to use a heat pump, there surely must be some drawbacks.

And there are.

1. Inefficient Movement of Heat

Heat from a heat pump doesn't move well around houses with many rooms. So if you have a house with many rooms, that means those rooms may not warm up very well.

2. May Work Better As Supplemental Heat Source

Unless your home is small and quite open, or you live in a warm climate, heat pumps aren't necessarily designed to be the primary source for heating your home.

3. Potentially Expensive

If you have your heart set on using only a heat pump to heat your home in a cooler climate, you'll probably need more than one interior unit. And the more you need, the more those costs will add up.

Now You Know Heat Pump Pros and Cons

Whatever you've decided based on this list of heat pump pros and cons, you should know that in warmer climates like that of the Southeastern U.S., heat-pump installations generally perform quite well.

So be sure to take that into consideration when making your decision.

And if you're still on the fence about whether a heat pump is right for you, feel free to reach out to us. We're here to help!

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