Learning the Ins and Outs of Heat Pumps

Learning the Ins and Outs of Heat PumpsIt’s hard to find relief from the Florida heat. An ice cold glass of lemonade, a dip in the pool, carrying one of those hand-held water mist spray bottles . . . these all offer a little respite, but when it comes right down to it, the hot summer is only bearable if you have a cold indoor place to hole up in until November rolls around.

There are many options for residential cooling, varying in cost, functionality and location. HVAC systems installed in your home, window units, ceiling fans, and swamp coolers to name a few, but have you ever considered a heat pump? Now, the thought of installing anything with a heat factor may be entirely repulsive, considering the sun is heating things up plenty right now, but heat pumps offer more than just heat. First let’s break down how a heat pump works.

Heat pumps differ from traditional HVAC units in the basic operating principle they function under. While HVAC units burn some type of fuel to create heat and cool air, heat pumps instead run solely on electricity and the transferring of heat. Basically, heat pumps take heat from a location with a higher temperature and transfer that heat to a location with a lower temperature. They pull heat from a heat source such as the ground or the air and transfer it to a location (your home, for example) that is a lower temperature. So when using heat pumps as a cooling resource, you are basically reversing the process. The heat pump absorbs the hot air in your home and releases it outside, repeatedly, until your home is cool and bearable. Now let’s talk about the advantages of heat pumps over other options.

Heat pumps, because they use electricity and not natural gas, can save you money in the long run. They are good at maintaining a consistent temperature in your home and avoiding the costs of constantly changing the thermostat on your AC. They are relatively quiet and easy to use and are usually located outside your home, so there is no nuisance. Heat pumps are also greener, not causing pollution and being relatively clean, so if conservation is a goal you try to achieve, they can be a good option.

While heat pumps may be more costly upfront, they more than make up for it in the money you save long-term, and they can add a lot of value to your home.  If heat pumps are something you are considering, contact us at AC Guys Cooling and Heating Services. One of our representatives can answer any questions or concerns you may have about heat pumps, and we can get you set up for an installation if you decide this might be a good option for you.