When most people think of a home heating system, they imagine either a furnace or a boiler. This is because those two systems are by far the most popular home heating systems in the country. That’s all well and good, but those two systems aren’t the only options when it comes to heating your home. Heat pumps are a great alternative to more traditional system, and offer a number of distinct advantages.
Let’s take a closer look at heat pumps, how they work, and how they can improve your home heating.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a system that doesn’t burn fuel to create heat. Instead, it evaporates and condenses refrigerant to absorb heat from the outside air and bring it inside. Think of it as operating a bit like an air conditioner, but in reverse. Far from just being a backwards air conditioner, however, a heat pump is also equipped with a reversing valve. This reversing valve allows the system to reverse the flow of refrigerant through the system. By doing this, a heat pump can switch back and forth between heating and cooling modes.
What are the Advantages of a Heat Pump?
For one thing, by installing a heat pump you save hundreds of dollars and a lot of space that would otherwise be dedicated to a separate air conditioning system. The savings don’t end there, however. The vast majority of your heating system’s operating cost is paying for the fuel that it burns. With a heat pump, all you need to pay for is the electricity it uses to operate. After a couple of years, a heat pump will completely pay itself off in savings and start putting money directly into your pocket. Heat pumps also happen to be quite environmentally friendly, as they don’t burn fossil fuels like other heating systems do. If you decide to install a heat pump in your home, you’ll be garnering a lot of advantages that other systems won’t be able to match.