If you are trying to keep your energy costs low and like the idea of having a “green solution” to heat and cool your home throughout the year, then a heat pump may be your answer. Heat pumps can both cool and heat your home. When comparing the cost of both a furnace and air conditioner with installation you’ll also find cost savings knowing that one heat pump will replace both air conditioner and furnace.
Heat pumps are interesting devices that are designed to keep the temperature in your home consistent throughout the year. It does this by moving heat from the cooler outside into your home during the cold season and moving heat from inside your home to outside during the warm season. That said, in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, since the temperatures in the wintertime sometimes drop down to the teens, heat pumps alone can’t move enough heat from the cold outside to heat your home adequately. You will need a supplemental heating system such as a traditional furnace or wood burning stove to keep your home warm.
Living in Utah where the summer temperatures can be very high and steady, people often wonder whether or not a heat pump would be a good solution. There are a few variables to keep in mind when making that decision.
- Heat pumps work well when the temperature is left alone and kept consistent. Because they are very efficient, there is no need to turn off a heat pump if you are going out for the day. And they are most effective when set once and left alone.
- Heat pumps take a while to adjust the temperature. Heat pumps can take longer to reach a changed temperature when compared to traditional air conditioners and furnaces.
- High Efficiency = Less energy consumption. In general, a heat pump will save on your energy consumption “because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.”
- If you need to adjust temperatures quickly a traditional furnace and A/C may be a more suitable option. This may be the case if the number of occupants in your living space changes frequently. The more people in a small space can increase the room temperature. So if the amount of occupants changes frequently you may find the need to change the temperature often.
- Heat pumps blow “cool” heat during the colder months. The cool heat is warmer than the temperature in your home and is warming it, but it is not the same “warm” heat that you may be accustomed to with a gas or electric furnace.
If you are considering or have questions about a heat pump, give our licensed HVAC technicians a call. Our expert HVAC technicians have a great deal of experience with heat pumps as well as traditional furnaces and air conditioners. They can help you choosing the proper heat pumps for your home.