Heat Pump Services
There are two main types of heating systems for keeping your home warm in the winter. While furnaces are the most common default option, many homeowners and businesses are choosing to change out their furnace for an efficient, eco-friendly heat pump HVAC system – which also does double-duty as your central air conditioner.
If you’re deciding between heating systems to install in your space, it’s a good idea to evaluate all your options
What Is a Heat Pump HVAC System?
A heat pump is a type of HVAC unit that regulates indoor temperature in both warm and winter weather. Using a refrigerant, it extracts heat from your home in summer and pumps it outdoors. In winter, this process is reversed – with the heat pump collecting and concentrating heat from the ground or air and delivering it through your ductwork. Yes, even on a cold day, there is heat to be captured outside!
Heat pumps are traditionally associated with warm, southern and southwestern states. However, heat pumps in the coldest parts of the north are growing in popularity, and are sometimes used in tandem with a furnace that may be used as a backup. This setup allows property owners to save on energy sources including natural gas, fuel oil or wood most of the winter but keeps you comfortable on the coldest of days.
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
There are two types of heat pumps:
- Air-Source Heat Pumps
Air-source heat pumps do not use fuel to generate heat. Instead, these ingenious systems extract it from the air, concentrate it and move it through your home. Because they utilize a reversing valve, air-source heat pumps double as central air conditioners. They use electricity to operate, but they run very efficiently because they do not actually generate the heat they distribute.
- Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps harness energy from the earth (underground) to create and distribute heat in an environmentally efficient way. These systems are typically more expensive to purchase and install than air-source units, but they are even more efficient, cost very little to operate, last for decades, double as air conditioners and can simultaneously power an electric water heater for next-to-nothing.
What Is The Difference Between a Heat Pump and Furnace?
In the cold months, a furnace—electric or gas—heats your home through a heating cycle. Forced air passes through a gas-fired or electric burner and is dispensed throughout the building. Heat pumps harness renewable energy from the air or ground, concentrate the heat energy in a heat exchanger, and distribute it through the home or business.
In warm weather, a furnace is idle and homeowners rely on a separate air conditioner unit. Heat pump owners reverse the setting on their heat pumps to cool their homes, eliminating the need for a separate AC appliance.
Additionally, by removing hot, muggy air from your home in the summer, heat pumps assist with humidity control, reducing your need for dehumidifiers.
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Heat Pump Installation
If you are interested in installing a heat pump HVAC system in your home or business, our HVAC service professionals are ready to assist. Whether you choose an air source or geothermal model, heat pump installation is a job best left to the professionals. In most cases, an air-exchange heat pump may be installed in a single afternoon. Our experts can answer any questions you may have and assist you in making the right decision as to which system or unit to install.
Find Heat Pump Service Near Me
Need help installing or maintaining your heat pump? We have more than 280 locations nationwide. You can count on your local Aire Serv® to assist you with all your HVAC and heat pump needs.
*Geothermal services may be limited in your area. Contact your local Aire Serv to learn more.