Heat pumps offer an efficient way to manage comfort levels in your home. If you’re looking for an innovative approach to maintaining your home temperatures with minimal energy use, this is an effective option. There are many myths about heat pumps that may discourage you from choosing this option. Understanding the truth about heat pumps will help you make the right choice for your home’s needs.
Myth: Heat Pumps Only Provide Heat
Despite the name, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling for your home. This system operates by transferring heat from one area to another. In the summer, it pulls heat out of the air in your home and moves it outside. In winter, it draws heat from the outdoor air and brings it in.
Myth: Heat Pumps are Less Efficient Than Furnaces
Heat pumps are extremely efficient for managing your home comfort. According to Trane, a heat pump can transfer 300% more energy than it consumes, while a high-efficiency gas furnace will transfer just 90% of the energy it uses. Heat pumps work best in mild winters. Our Floridian climate is ideal for a heat pump. The average lows stay in the upper 40s and low 50s even through the coldest months of the year. This is where a heat pump can really shine.
Myth: Heat Pumps are Noisy
There’s a common misconception that heat pumps make a lot of noise. However, modern systems shouldn’t have this problem. If your heat pump is disturbingly loud when it operates, you should reach out to a knowledgeable HVAC technician for a repair. Many heat pumps have sound ratings as low as 55 decibels, which is comparable to a window air conditioner.
Myth: Heat Pumps Take Up a Lot of Space
Heat pumps feature an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units. The outdoor unit is only a little larger than what you’ll find with a standard AC compressor. The indoor units are typically wall or ceiling-mounted, so they don’t take up any floor space. In the case of a geothermal heat pump, you may have an extensive network of underground loops that provide efficient heating and cooling, but these are buried out of sight.
Myth: It’s Difficult to Install a New Heat Pump
The installation process for a heat pump is quick and easy. One of the most appealing features of a heat pump is its versatility. You can easily add this system to an existing construction. A heat pump is ideal for a historic home, refinished garage, or another area where you want to add heating and cooling without adding ductwork.
If you’re interested in taking a new approach to heating and cooling, and cutting your utility costs in the process, a heat pump may be just what you need. Our knowledgeable HVAC technicians at Del-Air can help you explore all your options. If you decide that a heat pump is the right addition for your home, we offer fast, convenient installations.