If you've been shopping for a new heating system recently, you've likely heard of heat pumps. This relatively new type of system heats and cools your home by moving naturally-heated and cooled air from the exterior of your home to the inside of your home. In most areas of the country, this transfer system is paired with a traditional combustion furnace to handle the extra cold days. Because less combustion is required, a heat pump uses less energy than a traditional furnace. However, saving energy is just one of the many benefits for investing in such a system.
Why choosing a heat pump makes sense
1. A heat pump uses less energy. Because it transfers air rather than heating (or cooling) it, a heat pump system uses much less energy than a traditional furnace. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household can save between 30 and 40 percent on their heating bills by making the switch.
2. A heat pump is kinder to the planet. Since it uses less energy, a heat pump is more ecologically sound and will help your family reduce its carbon footprint.
3. You only have to invest in one system. While the initial cost of a heat pump system is generally more than a traditional combustion furnace, a heat pump takes the place of both your furnace and your air conditioning system. That means you only have to buy one system, not two, so a heat pump can actually be cheaper in the long run.
4. A heat pump offers more uniform heating. With a heat pump system, you won't have the hot and cold spots that you often find with a traditional furnace. A heat pump keeps all of your rooms at an even warm or cool temperature.
5. There's less noise. A traditional furnace can be noisy when the blower cuts in and out. With a heat pump system, there's much less noise while still keeping you nice and warm.
6. The air is less dry. An traditional electric furnace can dry out the air inside your home during the middle of the winter, making it necessary to run a humidifier. Since a heat pump gets its air from the exterior of the house, you don't have to add any moisture to it.
While a heat pump isn't necessarily the right choice for every household, this type of system will help you save on your heating and air conditioning bills, is kinder to the planet and keeps your home evenly heated and cooled. Talk with someone from a business like All American Plumbing & Heating if you have specific questions about different methods for heating your home.