A furnace might seem like the obvious choice for heating your home, but it’s not the only one. If you haven't yet explored the idea of purchasing a heat pump, consider these key benefits.
1. Great for Mild Winters
Since heat pumps do not actually create heat, they're usually a better choice in areas where the winters are relatively mild. If you live in the south, for example, a heat pump will probably be more than sufficient to keep your house warm.
2. Powered by Either Electricity or Gas
Most heat pumps run off electricity. For homeowners who don't already use natural gas in their homes for other features, such as powering their dryers or stoves, electric heat pumps are ideal. Then, you don't have to worry about installing gas lines or buying a gas tank.
If you do already use gas in your home, though, you could be wondering if gas-powered heat pumps are available. Even though electric-powered heat pumps are the more common and popular choice, some heat pumps use gas. These are often used in commercial or industrial environments, although they are becoming more common for residential use, particularly in larger homes.
3. Work for Both Heating and Cooling
Despite their name, heat pumps aren't just used for producing heat in the home. Along with pulling heat out of cold air and using it to heat your home during the winter, these systems do the same thing in reverse to cool your home during the summer.
If you already have a functioning air conditioning unit in your home, this might not be a concern. If you are hoping to install a system that will benefit your family both during the winter and summer, though, a heat pump can help your family stay comfortable all year long.
4. More Efficient Than Furnaces
When you compare heat pumps that run off electricity with other electric heating options, such as furnaces, you'll find that heat pumps are more energy efficient. In fact, heat pumps use approximately 50 percent less energy than comparable electric-powered heating options.
If you have been looking for a way to heat your home without using as much energy, a heat pump might be the ideal solution. Of course, as with other types of heating systems, you can do things to help your furnace work more efficiently.
For example, just as programmable thermostats are useful with furnaces, they can also be used with heat pumps. A programmable thermostat will help you conserve energy since your heat pump will only work to keep your home heated and cooled when someone is home.
5. Work With or Without Ducts
If you already have existing ductwork in your home, then you might think that installing a central heating and air conditioning unit or a split-system unit is your only option to make use of those ducts. However, heat pumps can and do work with the ducts in your home if they are already installed.
Some people do not want to install ducts in their homes for one reason or another. You could be worried about the impact that ducts will have on your allergies, for example, or concerned about the cost of installation. If you'd like to install a heat pump, you don't actually have to have ducts installed throughout your home. Instead, choose a mini-split heat pump system.
Heat pumps are definitely worth looking into if you're a homeowner who is looking for a good heating and cooling system for your home. Contact us at Precision Heating & Cooling, Inc, to find out more about heat pumps and to determine if one might be right for your home.