Last updated on January 20th, 2021 at 08:10 pm
Are you looking for an energy-efficient alternative to traditional air conditioners and furnaces? If so, consider installing a heat pump.
Heat pumps work by extracting heat from one place and transferring it to another. When it’s hot, they pull heat out of your home and move it outdoors. When it’s cold, they pull heat out of the air outside and move it indoors. This works even on cold winter days.
It’s the same mechanism your fridge uses to keep your food cool. Heat pumps don’t burn fuel, so they don’t waste energy to create new heat.
Here are a few advantages to using a heat pump.
Heat Pumps Use Less Energy to Reach the Same Temperature
Heat pumps are incredibly energy efficient. After installation, you may notice the savings on your energy bill right away. Instead of burning fuel, a heat pump simply moves air from one place to another to change the temperature in your home. It uses existing heat rather than creating new heat, so it requires far less energy than a traditional furnace.
In many cases, a heat pump is the most cost-effective option to maintain a comfortable home. The only time a heat pump is less efficient is when the temperature drops below freezing. Your heat pump will be able to extract heat from the air even in these conditions, but it will take more energy.
That being said, you’ll still see tremendous energy savings overall if you use a heat pump throughout the year.
Heat Pumps: Not Your Mother’s Heat Source
Many current heat pump models incorporate new features to increase efficiency and comfort.
Two-speed compressors allow heat pumps to operate closer to the heating or cooling capacity needed at the moment rather than only at full capacity. Heat pumps with this feature are even more efficient and don’t wear as quickly.
If you have an older house, chances are you have a furnace or boiler rather than a heat pump. Most furnaces are powered by gas, propane, or electricity. Electric furnaces and newer gas furnaces are more efficient than older gas or propane furnaces, but even these are typically less efficient than heat pumps.
Even, Comfortable Heat Throughout Your Home
Today’s heat pumps perform better than the heat pumps of past decades. In addition to working at colder temperatures than previous models, modern heat pumps incorporate innovations that provide a more comfortable, efficient, and long-lasting temperature control experience.
Heat pumps distribute heat evenly throughout your home rather than all in one place. They produce less intense heat than gas or oil-powered heating systems, so you won’t find disproportionately hot or cold spots in your house.
Some heat pumps have variable-speed fans, which let you keep air flowing at a comfortable velocity and avoid drafts. This allows you to keep the noise down without sacrificing temperature.
Get Cooling and Heating all in one System
Heat pumps are capable of both heating and cooling. That means you only need to buy, install, and maintain one system.
With a heat pump, you have everything you need to maintain comfortable temperatures all year. Heat pumps can simply reverse the process they use to heat your home in order to cool it.
Warm your home without burning fuel
Unlike a furnace, a heat pump doesn’t need to burn fuel to create heat. It uses a small amount of electricity to move heat from one location to another.
That means heat pumps are better for the environment as well as your home.
Heat pumps are perfect for the Pacific Northwest
Heat pumps are ideal in moderate climates like the Puget Sound region. While it’s true that heat pumps become less efficient at low temperatures, this is generally not an issue in Snohomish and King Counties.
Throughout the year, a heat pump may save you as much as 50% on heating and cooling costs. Upgrading your heating and cooling system not only saves you money on electricity but also increases comfort in your home and raises the value of your house.
Paragon specializes in repairing and installing heating and cooling systems in Snohomish and East King counties. We offer a variety of heat pump options to provide the best heating option for your home. For more information, please give us a call at (425) 312-6341.