No matter how hot or how cold it is outside, a heat pump can help make sure that your home’s central heating and cooling system isn’t working too hard. Blue Ox Heating & Air offers heat pump services that include both installation and repair. It’s a great idea to think about getting a heat pump for your home if you’re looking for ways to cut back on your heating bills in the winter and your cooling bills in the summer.
What is a Heat Pump System?
In a nutshell, heat pump systems are a great energy-efficient alternative to traditional furnaces. They work by moving heat instead of generating it, which means they can provide just as much space conditioning as their more common heating counterparts at a fraction of the cost.
There are three main kinds: pumps that collect heat from the air, pumps that collect heat from water, and pumps that collect heat from outside your home. Each type has it’s advantages and disadvantages but in the end, all varieties of heat pump are a great thing to consider if you’re looking to cut costs while maintaining ideal in-home temperatures.
Blue Ox Heating and Air technicians are ready to help you find the perfect heat pump for your home. Read on below to see the wide variety of options to fit your homes’ unique needs.
The Different Types of Heat Pumps
You’ll have several options to choose from when you’re ready to start researching heat pumps for your home. Heat pump options include:
- Gas heat pumps: Also referred to as absorption heat pump systems, these use a heat source such as natural gas or propane instead of electricity, and are ideal for larger residential homes.
- Electric heat pumps: A common heat pump for those with moderate heating needs, electric heat pumps use electricity to safely move heat throughout your home.
- Mini-split heat pumps: Mini-split systems are frequently used in homes that don’t have existing ductwork like those that use hot water, radiant panels, or space heaters.
- Geothermal heat pumps: Geothermal heat pump systems tend to be more efficient than their brethren by transferring heat to your house from the ground or nearby water. They’re pricier to install, but are more affordable to maintain overtime.
- Air-source heat pumps: An air source heat pump system transfers heat from outside to inside a building as opposed to other systems that convert heat instead of just moving it.
- Cold climate heat pumps: Cold climate heat pumps are, unsurprisingly, best suited for homes in chillier areas and have to meet certain performance factors to be considered appropriate for colder climates.
- Ductless heat pumps: Ductless heat pump systems can be the right fit for someone without existing ductwork who wants a full-package heating and cooling solution.
Each type of heat pump comes with its own limitations, disadvantages, and advantages. Our technicians will work with you to find the best option for your home.
Heat pumps shift warm air from where it’s not needed to where it is. During the winter season, heat pumps pull heat from outside your home and deliver it to the inside of your home, and during the summer they pull heat from inside of your home and shift it outside.
Another advantage of getting a heat pump is that it only moves heat around rather than actually generating it, which makes it work more efficiently. After your heat pump installation, the unit will run on electricity and save you on fuel consumption.