Heat pump systems are a practical alternative to typical heating and cooling systems. For some people, it is more beneficial than buying both an AC system and a furnace. With a heat pump, you can use the same system to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature throughout the year. But before you decide to purchase one, make sure you understand what to expect from this system.
What Are Heat Pump Systems?
Heat pumps are similar to AC units. But instead of just cooling, the unit can also heat up rooms. Thus, you can use it both on cold and hot days. Many people invest in heat pumps to avoid buying two different systems to sustain their thermal comfort indoors.
Similar to AC units, heat pumps rely on electricity to operate. Therefore, you can reduce your carbon footprint compared to the fossil fuels used by a furnace system.
Compared to a combination of AC and furnace, a heat pump system takes up less space, making it more practical for small properties. Its initial cost is also much lower. Furthermore, this all-in-one system requires less effort for regular maintenance.
How Does a Heat Pump System Work?
The basic technology is similar to regular AC. Even the components are the same, such as a fan, air filters, evaporator coils, refrigerant, a compressor, a condenser, and an expansion valve.
A heat pump system doesn’t generate heat or cold. Instead, it cools the room the same way as an AC unit would. It strips off the excess heat of the indoor air, distributes it to the outdoor unit, and releases that heat outside.
The heating process uses the very same technique in reverse. It takes the heat from the outdoor air or from the ground, and then distributes it to indoor rooms, thus making the air warmer than before.
One outdoor heat pump unit can serve one or multiple indoor units. This allows you to be more efficient in terms of energy consumption. However, it cannot operate both cooling and heating at the same time because those two processes are contradictory.
How Effective Are Heat Pumps?
Heat pumps can be as satisfying as regular air conditioners when it comes to cooling rooms on a hot day. However, the heating process is not as effective as a furnace. Therefore, this system is much more popular in areas with milder climates.
However, you can upgrade your heat pump’s ability to heat up the indoor air by installing heat strips on the indoor fan coils. Alternatively, you can get a furnace as a backup heating system. This dual system assures you get sufficient warmth on freezing days, yet still can save money on other days.
The heat pump system is one of the most popular HVAC alternatives on the market. However, it will not necessarily meet your specific needs. If you are not sure whether a heat pump will be the best option for your property, try seeking professional advice about it.
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