If it's time to upgrade your HVAC system, you might be considering upgrading to a geothermal heating and cooling system. A heat pump uses the heat naturally found below the ground or in the outside air temperature to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer.
The cost to install a heat pump is higher than that of traditional HVAC systems. However, there are so many benefits to a heat pump that the potential savings and convenience make this initial investment worth the money. Learn about a few of the many benefits of upgrading to a heat pump.
Heat Pumps Use Less Energy
Traditional HVAC systems use natural gas, propane, or other sources of non-renewable fuels to run. And a modern, state-of-the-art HVAC system will generally be pretty efficient-a top-of-the-line HVAC system can function at nearly perfect efficiency.
However, a heat pump does not produce heat. Instead, heat pumps draw heat from the earth or outside air, and they can reach as much as 300 percent efficiency, in comparison to gas or oil furnaces. In addition, the average homeowner who installs a heat pump can see a reduction in their energy usage.
Utilizing less energy and no fossil fuels means that heat pumps are better for Mother Nature as well.
Heat Pumps Last Longer and Require Less Maintenance
Heat pumps are composed of five main elements: the reversing valve, evaporator, air handler, condenser, and compressor. When cared for properly-which means, among other things, that inspections are conducted yearly-a heat pump can last up to 50 years, although the average heat pump will probably only last between 14 and 15 years.
Maintaining your heat pump is simple and can be performed by the homeowner. Cleaning the filter yearly and removing any dirt and mud from the outdoor components with your garden hose is all you will need to do to keep your heat pump running throughout the year.
Heat Pumps Are Quieter than Traditional HVAC Systems
Your central air conditioner and furnace will make several noises, even when they are running smoothly. The familiar banging and hissing of the condenser or the clatter of the heating element turning on are typical sounds heard by homeowners with traditional HVAC systems.
A heat pump is very quiet, and most times, a homeowner won't even notice it is on. Once again, this is because the components are either outdoors or tucked away in the basement.
Heat Pumps Make Your Home Feel More Comfortable
Most homeowners battle a lack of humidity during the winter and too much humidity during the summer. A traditional HVAC system will only make these issues worse and can lead to poor indoor air quality. Living in a home with poor air quality can cause several health-related issues, including dry eyes, skin irritation, and mold-related allergic reactions.
Heat pumps naturally regulate the relative humidity levels in your home. The system's air handler doesn't cycle on and off as much as a traditional HVAC unit. This allows the temperatures to remain more constant, which in turns helps regulate the moisture levels in the air.
Heat pumps also remove excess moisture in the air through condensation. Warm, moist air is pulled across the evaporator coil, which is cooler. The condensation that naturally forms collects in a drip pan. The pan is connected to a drain tube that transfers the water outdoors.
When it is time to upgrade your home's HVAC system, there are several reasons to consider a heat pump. If you have any further questions about heat pump installation, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at B & K Services.