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Heating With a Heat Pump Has Never Been Easier

Has your fuel bill been high lately? Do you want to help with climate change and be a little greener? Consider switching your home heating system. It sounds like it could be a daunting task to upgrade to a new heating system, but heating with a heat pump has never been easier. In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of heating with a heat pump and the ease of making the switch.

Heating With a Heat Pump Has Never Been Easier

How Heat Pumps Are Efficient

Heat pumps, sometimes called mini-splits, have become incredibly popular because they are very energy efficient. A heat pump is a unique device that moves heat from one place to another. Unlike a traditional furnace, a heat pump doesn’t generate heat. Instead, a heat pump transfers heat.

It functions much like a refrigerator, using a refrigerant to absorb heat in the air and then move it somewhere else. A heat pump absorbs heat energy using an outdoor unit and then releases the heat into your home via a small indoor unit. The pump, fan, and valves run on electricity. However, far less energy is required for this process than for a traditional furnace. Switching to a heat pump can mean up to 40 percent savings in utility bills.

Heat pumps work great in cooler climates and are very popular in Norway and Sweden. Norway has more heat pumps than any other country. Reports from the European Heat Pump Association show that it has 1.4 million units, approximately 604 units for every 1,000 homes. Heat pumps are low maintenance, inexpensive to run, and reduce a home’s carbon footprint.

The top rewards?

Lower fuel bills

No reliance on fossil fuels for heating

Heating and cooling come from a single system

It’s Easy to Install

Heat pumps are a terrific choice for heating and cooling. A heat pump can make your home energy efficient and comfortable, particularly because it can operate in zones, heating and cooling only where you need it.

Proper installation is the start of peak performance for heating with a heat pump. As with any home heating system, DIY installation is not recommended. A professional HVAC installer has extensive training and experience and will ensure the job is done properly. The heat pump will be installed in a timely manner and work effectively for many years to come.

By working with a professional installer, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you are:

  • Getting the right-sized unit: A heat pump needs to be the right size for the spaces you wish to heat or cool. If it’s too small, it won’t be able to keep up with the job. If it’s too large, it can cycle on and off, creating extra stress on the system. Both issues could cause your utility bills to rise.
  • Achieving correct clearance: The outdoor unit of a heat pump needs to have enough space to allow for free airflow, as absorbing heat from the air is how it works. This means no obstructions for a minimum of 24 inches around the unit. If there are obstructions, such as dirt, shrubs, or debris, this can cause overheating. In the long term, this may reduce the life span of your heat pump.
  • Handling refrigerant: For a heat pump to work, it requires the use of some type of refrigerant. Refrigerant is a toxic, and therefore controlled, substance, and EPA certification is required to handle it. A professional installer with the proper certifications will do so safely.

Enjoy the Benefits of No Duct Work

One of the great benefits of heat pumps is that they function without needing to install ductwork. This can avoid the extra cost with new construction, but it’s a great option for installing old homes built without ductwork as well. Since they operate independently, they are also excellent options for room additions and small hard-to-heat spaces, such as your basement or garage.

According to energy.gov, ductless heat pumps offer flexibility, energy savings, and cost savings. In traditional furnaces, more than 30 percent of energy consumption is lost in ducts—especially if the ducts are in unused spaces such as an attic.

Reduce Stress with Easy Zoning Control

Zoning is a great feature for ductless heat pump systems. Zoning means that you can set different temperatures for different parts of the house. This enables you to only heat occupied rooms. Some ductless systems use motion detectors to automatically switch the system on and off when the room is occupied. Others function on timers or remote control.

Stay Comfortable with Heating and Cooling

Although it’s called a heat pump, this system is versatile. As we’ve mentioned, it works for both heating and cooling. Heat pumps move heat from cool spaces to warm spaces. In winter, this means the heat pump moves heat from outdoors into your home. In summer, it does the reverse, pulling warm air out of your home and transferring it outside.

Get Personalized Help Today

Heating with a heat pump is a smart way to lower costs, make your home more comfortable, and help the environment. Because it’s small and doesn’t require ductwork, the installation is fast and simple and efficiently handled by an HVAC professional. They’ll also be able to perform all future maintenance to keep your heat pump running in tip-top shape.

An experienced HVAC contractor can help you with:

  • Choosing the best size of heat pump for your home
  • Selecting make and model to match your home and family needs
  • Installing the outdoor and indoor units correctly
  • Handling refrigerant issues
  • Switching the reversing valve between cooling and heating

Contact the HVAC experts at Entek to talk about creating a comfortable and cost-effective solution for your home with the installation of a new heat pump.

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