Are heat pumps worth it?
We’ve been talking a lot about heat pumps lately… particularly the topic of operating a heat pump in winter and the dos and don’ts of doing so. So, if there are all these things to take into consideration – is investing in a heat pump in an area that sees cold winters even worth it?
What about cooling?
Remember, your heat pump operates JUST like your air conditioner (but is able to reverse the flow of refrigerant to provide warm air). So, you aren’t making any cooling sacrifices during the summer.
What about heating?
As we’ve discussed previously, there are things you need to know about heating your home with a heat pump during the winter. It may take longer for your home to reach temperature, you’ll need to be aware of defrost cycles and after a certain point heating your home with your heat pump may not be the most efficient way. BUT, if you’re living in an area where you need frequent, powerful heating in the winter, chances are you’ve already invested in a gas furnace. And, when programmed properly, your gas furnace can kick on when it is no longer efficient to heat your home with a heat pump.
So, what are the big benefits?
Any heating and cooling professional will tell you that when it comes to heat creation vs. heat transfer, heat transfer wins hands down – particularly during the spring and fall. And THIS is why a heat pump can still be worth it, even if you live in an area that sees harsh, cold winters. On those colder nights/evenings during the spring and fall, you can use the heat transfer employed by your heat pump as opposed to your backup heat creation method (the use of which can drive up your bills).
Did you know this already? Are you going to choose a heat pump? Make sure, if you’re thinking about switching systems, you contact your local heating and cooling professional. They will also be able to give you tips for heating and cooling a home in your specific region.