Heat pumps are a fairly new, and very effective, method for home heating. Though they are still not well known among many homeowners, they are gaining more and more popularity across the country due to the unique advantages they offer. If you have never heard of heat pumps, read on to find out why they’re such a great choice for home heating.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a heating system that does not use combustion of any kind. That is, it doesn’t burn fuel to create the heat that it uses. Instead, it takes preexisting heat from the surrounding environment and transfers it into the home. It is actually very similar to an air conditioner, the difference being that air conditioners transfer heat out of your home while heat pumps transfer heat into it.
A heat pump has two main parts, an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The two units are installed inside and outside the house, respectively, and connected by refrigerant and power lines. When the heat is turned on, the outdoor unit evaporates refrigerant in a coil to draw thermal energy out of the air. The refrigerant gas then travels down the refrigerant line with the thermal energy, and into the indoor unit. The indoor unit condenses the refrigerant gas back into a liquid, releasing the thermal energy into the home.
Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump
The number one reason that people install heat pumps in their homes is because they are energy efficient. By using preexisting heat instead of burning fuel, a heat pump has to expend far less energy to accomplish the same amount of heat output. A heat pump will quickly pay for itself through saving money on your heating bills.
Heat pumps are also safer than combustion systems, which produce toxic combustion gases by burning fuel. A heat pump only uses electricity to operate, so there is no need to worry about things like carbon monoxide poisoning.
If you’d like to know more about heat pumps, call Command A/C to speak with one of our specialists today. We provide heat pump repair and installation services throughout Anaheim.