What Is a Heat Pump and Why Do I Need One?

You’ve heard the term before but did you ever ask yourself, “What is a heat pump?” Most people familiar with an HVAC and furnace may not be aware there’s another option.

In this article, we provide information to answer your questions about heat pumps. In the end, you can make a decision about if you need one.

What Is a Heat Pump in The House?

A heat pump is a device that transfers air in and out of a home. It operates using 2 components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor thermostatic air handler. How these units transfer air depends on the thermostat setting.

To heat your home the condenser fan extracts outside air. That air first passes through a refrigerant line to the air handler. The air is then heated and released indoors.

To cool the home the airflow process works in reverse. The heat pump cools your home by pulling hot air from the inside and transferring it outside.

After asking, “What is a heat pump?” it’s logical to wonder if you need one. So next we’ll take a look at the qualities of a heat pump.

Do I Need a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is the best option for heating and cooling homes in warmer temperatures. Proper heat pump maintenance provides better performance of your home’s condenser and air handler. It also helps guarantee you receive the full benefits of your heat pump.

Heat Pumps Are Efficient 

Heat pumps in a house provide efficiency. Instead of generating air, heat pumps transfer existing air to heat and cool your home. According to the Department of Energy, some heat pumps offer a 50% reduction in electricity cost to heat your house.

Heat Pumps Offer Better Comfort

Heat pumps provide better comfort in your home. The continuous flow of air helps to keep a consistent indoor temperature. This way there aren’t any cold zones in your home like with air conditioners.

Heat Pumps Are Versatile

Heat pumps perform dual capabilities covering the duties of an HVAC and furnace. This means replacing a broken system is less costly. Instead of needing 2 devices, you’ll only need one heat pump unit.

Heat Pumps Control Humidity

In warmer weather, a heat pump runs longer and at lower speeds. The longer cooling period reduces humidity in your home. Lower humidity levels help prevent mold and mildew from damaging your home.

What Is a Heat Pump Dryer?

A heat pump dryer heats the air to remove the moisture from your clothes. It does this without losing as much heat as a conventional dryer. And because it uses refrigerant in the process less electricity gets wasted while generating heat.

Should I Install a Heat Pump?

Now you’ve learned about a heat pump. So the question is no longer, “What is a heat pump?”, but rather should you install one. Hopefully the benefits we discussed help you make the right decision.

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