Is A Heat Pump The Right Option For Heating Your Home?

29 March 2016
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Heating your home can be a pretty complicated proposition, especially when you consider all the different options that are available to you. One such choice is to get a heat pump, which brings a number of different advantages to the table. 

Heat Pumps

For starters, heat pumps can be reversed, allowing you to use them as heaters during winter and air conditioners during summer. Heat pumps can also boast much better efficiency than some other heaters, but that can depend quite a bit on the weather in your area.

However, there is still quite a bit of variety within the category of heat pumps. To help you decide whether a certain type of heat pump is right for you, here are some brief explanations of two of the most popular types: air-source and geothermal heat pumps.

Air-Source Heat Pumps

The first type of heat pump essentially operates as a membrane between the air inside your home and the air outside your home. Like all heat pumps, air-source units can act as either a heater or an air conditioner, which means that they can move heat in either direction.

Since they specifically deal with air, these units are easy to set up. As long as they are on the outside of your home, they can probably function properly. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc.

The big drawback with air-source heat pumps is that they lose a lot of efficiency during cold winters. Extremely cold air holds almost no heat, which makes it incredibly difficult to exchange heat into your home in such conditions. As such, the operating cost will skyrocket and the efficiency will plummet during cold winters with an air-source heat pump.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps rectify that problem by dealing with heat in the ground rather than heat in the air. During cold winters, there is a lot of heat in the ground when compared to the air. This ultimately means that a geothermal heat pump needs a fairly complicated and involved installation if you want to access the heat beneath your home.

In other words, you are paying more upfront for the installation, while increasing the efficiency of your heat pump during winter. Figuring out exactly when this would break even will depend on your situation, but odds are that a geothermal heat pump is a much better idea than an air-source heat pump if you live somewhere that has cold winters.