March 26, 2020 Uncategorized

When it comes to home comfort systems, most homeowners think about furnaces and air conditioners. However, not everyone is aware of the multifaceted benefits of a heat pump. Since spring offers mild weather, you should consider using a heat pump as a more energy-efficient way to make your home comfortable.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your total HVAC company in Ramsey MN. We offer a full line of home comfort systems, including an array of heat pumps.

Overview

In its most basic sense, a heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another. It is not a new technology since it has been used in many countries for a number of decades. A heat pump works the same way as a refrigerator. It moves heat by circulating a substance called a refrigerant through a cycle of refrigeration and condensation. A compressor pumps the refrigerant between two heat exchanger coils.

The cycle of a heat pump is completely reversible. This is why it can be a year-round solution to your heating and cooling needs. The ground and air outside always contain heat, even in the winter. A heat pump can supply the heat needed to make your home comfortable during the cold season. On the other hand, it can suck the heat out of your home and move it outdoors during the hot season.

How Efficient is a Heat Pump?

One of the reasons you should consider installing a heat pump in your home is energy-efficiency. Standard methods of heating such as electric space heaters only produce heat that is equal to the amount of electricity used. Gas furnaces can convert as much as 98 percent of its fuel to heat. On the other hand, a heat pump only uses electricity to power up the evaporator, compressor, and condenser to pull the heat from the outside and bring it to your home. Because of this, a heat pump can have an efficiency rating of as high as 300 percent. Since it only uses electricity for power rather than to generate heat, a heat pump offers an unmatched energy efficiency rate. As a result, you can enjoy lower electricity bills for your home throughout the year.

What are the Benefits of Using a Heat Pump?

Flexibility

Furnaces are designed to heat a home; air conditioners are engineered to cool it. On the other hand, heat pumps can be used for both heating and cooling.

A heat pump is a versatile and economical way to make your home comfortable when the outside weather is milder. In fact, even when temperatures drop to as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit, there is still some usable heat for a heat pump to draw and move to your home.

When the temperatures go sub-zero, a heat pump may not be as effective but it can still be helpful. In conjunction with your gas or oil furnace, you can use a heat pump to lower your furnace settings. As a result, you will have a decreased energy use and lower carbon footprint.

Compatibility with Solar Energy

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative way to energize a home. During the day, they harvest solar energy and convert it to electricity. When paired with solar panels, a heat pump can dramatically lower your electricity use.

Eco-Friendliness

Since a heat pump does not directly use fossil fuel and combustion systems, it does not emit carbon other than those created by power plants, which deliver electricity to your home.

This technology is more environmentally friendly than ever, thanks to the upgrade of the refrigerant it uses, which is R410A. This type of refrigerant does not produce harmful emissions, which helps minimize the depletion of the ozone layer.

This method of heating or cooling a home is very eco-friendly and is the perfect choice for homeowners who like to take part in preserving the environment.

Low Maintenance

Compared to other HVAC systems, a heat pump requires fewer check-ups and maintenance. The only significant task is having a plumber inspect your home’s piping systems to ensure your safety.

Questions? Call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning

For more information on heat pumps, visit our office or give us a call. It’s our pleasure to answer any questions you may have. We are your friendly Elk River heating and air conditioning company.