Reasons to Choose a Heat Pump

How to Compare Home Heating SystemsWhenever you’re faced with replacing your HVAC system, you’re also faced with an opportunity to increase your home’s efficiency. Sure, paying for a new cooling or heating system hurts the pocketbook, but it can also be an investment in a future with lower utility bills.

One of the most efficient HVAC systems around is the heat pump. Electric-powered heat pumps also offer clean heating and cooling technology and can heat or cool the home quietly and gently, without that big blast of air you’ve become accustomed to with forced air systems.

So read on and discover more about the heat pump.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps come in three modes: air source, ground source and water source. Most homeowners install air source heat pumps.

Air source heat pumps provide cooling in a way very similar to the air conditioner. Refrigerant moves between an outdoor compressor to indoor coils, where the refrigerant absorbs the heat in the home. A fan cools off the refrigerant, producing cool air that is circulated through the ductwork, while the refrigerant is pumped back to the compressor to repeat the process.

For heating, the process is reversed, with the refrigerant absorbing heat from the outdoor air, and moving it indoors. This process works well with outdoor temperatures down to the mid to lower 30s. With lower temperatures, the heat pump defaults to an electric resistance system that can be pricey to operate for long periods. That’s why heat pumps are a good bet for more temperate climates like ours, for heating or cooling.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

In addition to the benefits mentioned above heat pumps are known for the following:

  • They can reduce electricity use for heating by as much as 50 percent, when compared to furnaces or baseboard heating.
  • High-efficiency heat pumps dehumidify better than central A/Cs, so there’s less energy usage and more comfort.
  • Heat pumps are available in ductless models, making them convenient for add-ons or spaces where ducts haven’t been installed.

For more on heat pumps, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning, serving San Diego and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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11 Comments

  • I don’t know what kind of air conditioning system to use. I didn’t know that heat pumps were such a good way to handle it! I thought that they were just for making things warmer, but it seems like I’m wrong about that!

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    • They can definitely be a great option. Thanks!

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  • I would really like to get some help in getting the right kind of heat pump. I would like to be able to get some help choosing a pump that is efficient and has high recommends. I would like to get some help as well getting something that fits.

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  • I would love to be able to get some kind of hot water down to my shower down in my basement. I would like to get a new plumber to make this happen. I think it would be needed to get a new water heater for the basement to make this happen.

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  • Thanks for bringing to my attention that heat pumps can reduce electricity use by as much as fifty percent. My HVAC system is getting old and outdated, so I want to replace it before it breaks down entirely. It would be nice to have something more energy efficient, so maybe I could have a heat pump installed this time.

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    • Thanks for reading!

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  • I like your idea on how a heat pump uses electricity use by as much as 50 percent. I would imagine that this decrease could pay for itself after awhile. My husband and I are looking for a new way to heat our home so maybe a heat pump would be ideal.

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    • Glad the article was helpful and informative!

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  • Heat pumps sound like a pretty good choice. It’s pretty amazing that they can reduce the electricity use in a home by 50%! Our energy bill is definitely too high right now, so I’ll look more into this.

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    • I’m glad the article was helpful!

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    • Glad we could be of help and inform you of the facts about Heat Pumps!

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