Summer has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! Though Western Washington tends to have a mild climate, we still occasionally get temperatures above 80, 90, or even 100 degrees. Many homeowners are seeing a need for a cooling unit or a heat pump, even if only for the hottest days.
Heat pumps are a popular option for homeowners looking to keep their homes cool and comfortable in the summer. Here is why heat pumps are a good idea in the PNW:
A Heat Pump Offers Both Heating and Cooling in One Unit
Despite its name, a heat pump isn’t only used for heating. It can be used for cooling as well.
Instead of having to install and maintain separate systems for heating and cooling, you can have both functions working in one unit. This way, you can be cool in the summer and warm in the winter without going through the hassle of switching temperature-regulation systems.
Heat pump units produce more energy than they consume, which allows you to save money on your energy bills.
Great Functioning in Moderate Climates
Heat pumps work by transferring heat between the indoors and outdoors to regulate the indoor temperature. This system works particularly well for homes in moderate climates because the air outside is closer to the temperature needed inside. Also, homeowners will not need to use their furnaces as often, which means there is less wear and tear on the unit.
In the Pacific Northwest, it’s fairly rare for daily high temperatures to rise as high in the summer as they do in other parts of the country. Since you may only need to use your heat pump for cooling for a few weeks or months a year, the system will likely last longer for you than it would in a climate with more temperature extremes.
A Heat Pump is Environmentally Friendly
Given the cost and energy efficiency, heat pumps are a great option for having a greener heating and cooling system for your home. They use less energy than other systems because they work by transferring heat rather than generating hot or cold air.
In addition, Washington State leads the nation with renewable energy, so what little electricity the unit does use is more likely to come from a renewable resource. No fuel needs to be burnt for these units to work. They also have fewer harmful emissions than other HVAC systems, which makes them safer for you as well as the environment.
Now is the Right Time to Buy a Heat Pump
Now that summer is finally here, it’s high time for Pacific Northwest homeowners to get a proper cooling system. Since the hottest summer days are still ahead, now is a good opportunity to have a heat pump installed in your home. If you are looking for an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly way to cool your home, then a heat pump is the way to go.
Heat pumps are a great option for heating and cooling in climates like the Pacific Northwest. Don’t wait for the summer heat to catch up with you!
To learn more about types of heat pumps or what to consider when buying a unit, check out our heat pump buying guide. You can also contact Paragon if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation.