We’re getting deeper into the cold weather, which means that now is the time to make sure that your home heating system is in good shape. Preventive maintenance and prompt repairs will go a long way towards accomplishing that. However, sometimes the best thing you can do is replace your current heating system entirely. If you’re in the market for a new heating system (and air conditioner!), you should have a look at what heat pumps can offer as options.
How Heat Pumps Operate
Think of a heat pump as being essentially an air conditioner, with a couple of exceptions. Just like an air conditioner, a heat pump is comprised of a pair of units. One unit is installed inside, and one outside. In heating mode, the outside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the air around the home. The refrigerant gas is then condensed back into liquid in the indoor unit to release the collected heat into the home.
Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump is able to change the direction that refrigerant flows through the system. This gives it the ability to act as either a heater or air conditioner, which is the primary reason that most people install one.
Advantages of Using a Heat Pump
Being able to rely on a single system for climate control throughout the year is a big advantage in terms of saving both space and money. However, it’s not the only reason that people install heat pumps. Heat pumps also tend to be more energy efficient than the majority of heating systems. They don’t have to combust fuel to generate heat, which means you don’t need to spend extra money every month on things like a higher gas bill. Within a few years of installation, a heat pump system will often pay for itself by how much it saves on your utility bills.
Not to mention the convenience factor that’s associated with only needing to use a heat pump for climate control throughout the year. With a more traditional two-system configuration, you need to spend twice as much money keeping both of those systems in good condition. You can’t just install a system and forget about it for over a decade. You have to account for maintenance and repair costs that you are doubtless going to incur over the years. If you’re using a heat pump, you only have to worry about keeping that one system in good condition. The more systems you add to the equation, the more time (and money) you’ll have to spend keeping them operating properly. Better to just install one system, so that you can focus entirely on keeping that system in good condition.
Environment Masters, Inc. installs and services heat pumps throughout Jackson, MS. If you need a heat pump installed or serviced, we can help you out. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert heat pump technicians. We’ll make sure that you get the perfect heat pump solution for your needs.