How does a heat pump work?With so much interest these days in saving energy and lowering utility usage in your home, it’s hard not to hear about heat pump systems. According to Clark PUD, heat pumps can save up to 50% on home heating bills because they deliver energy more efficiently than other sources. And with over half of the energy usage in your home going towards heating and cooling, many savvy homeowners are taking notice. It’s true that installing a heat pump in your home can save money in energy costs and provide your family with heating during the winter and air conditioning in the summer! But many wonder how a heat pump works.Even during the cold weather, there is still heat in the air outside and heat pumps take advantage of this resulting in a low-cost way to heat our home. A Heat pump works the same way that an air conditioner works, but it has a reverse cycle that extracts heat from the outside air and transfers it inside. For a more detailed explanation and visual example of how a heat pump system works to heat and cool your home, check out our virtual showroom.
Installing a Heat Pump in Your HomeA heat pump is a smart choice if you are interested in efficiently heating your home and having the added bonus of air conditioning in the summer! Even people that currently use natural gas to heat their homes can take advantage of a heat pump; this is called a hybrid system. Because the cost of energy is always fluctuating, hybrid systems (a heat pump system with a gas furnace as the auxiliary heat) allow a homeowner to take advantage of the most cost efficient fuel for heating their home depending on current energy prices, outdoor temperature and other environmental factors.The first step in deciding whether a heat pump is right for you is to meet with one of our Comfort Consultants who can take a look at your current heating/cooling system and show you the different options available and how they might affect your energy bill as well as the comfort inside your home. At that point they will also be able to provide you with a free quote for installing a heat pump in your home.
SEER, HSPF and Savings
When comparing heat pumps, always look at SEER and HSPF. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, measures how efficiently a heat pump cools your home in the summer. HSPF, or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, measures how efficiently a heat pump warms your home in the winter. Similar to miles per gallon in a car, the higher the SEER and HSPF, the less energy you'll use to stay comfortable.