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Of the possible methods for heating your home, one of the least familiar systems is using a heat pump. Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to the standard furnaces, and can also work as an alternative to air conditioners in the summer.

During the seasons where you need heat, heat pumps operate by using electricity to move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm home. Then, in the cooling season, the heat pump reverses that function by moving heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. As the name implies, the heat pump moves heat as opposed to generating heat, meaning it offers a greater energy efficiency than your more familiar methods.

The air-source heat pump is the most common type of heat pump, which transfers air between your house and the outside. Today’s models are quite efficient, using nearly half of the electricity that a furnace or baseboard heating requires. Another benefit during the summer is that heat pumps dehumidify better than a standard central air system.

In homes without air ducts, there is a ductless version of a heat pump known as a mini-split. These units offer a smaller size and great flexibility for heating and cooling individual rooms. They have two major components, an outdoor compressor/condenser, and an indoor air-handling unit. A conduit connects the outdoor and indoor units.

Heat pumps require proper maintenance to keep running at its peak efficiency, just as a typical HVAC system would need. There is quite the difference in energy consumption between a well-maintained unit and a neglected unit which could range from 10 to 25 percent. 

Changing or cleaning air filters is part of keeping a heat pump working its best, allowing for better airflow. When the filter, coils or fans become dirty or gather debris, they limit the airflow. With that limited airflow, it will cause the unit to work harder than necessary. And similar to caring for an outdoor air conditioning unit, the outdoor part of the heat pump needs to be cleaned and protected.

With a heat pump system in your home, you can have better control of heating or cooling targeted areas, and can notice increased energy efficiency and a lower utility bill. To find out a heat pump is right for your home, call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.

Call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415