Heat Pumps vs. Air Conditioners & Furnaces: What To Know

October 18, 2023

The goal of state governors is to have 20 million heat pumps installed by 2030. They announced their plans on January 19, 2023, in New York City. In 2020, only 4.8 million heat pumps were installed, according to RMI. Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to air conditioners and furnaces. They replace these fossil-fueled powered machines, and they rely on electricity to transfer heat. The great thing about heat pumps is that they can heat or cool a building. Another advantage to using one is that you'll save money on your energy bill. According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), American consumers save up to $300 per year with heat pumps. Read on to learn more about this energy-efficient alternative.

What Are Heat Pumps?

You may have heard about heat pumps, but you may not understand what they do. Despite the name, heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. During the winter, the heat is pumped outside your home to warm up the house. The air travels through a refrigerant line from the indoor unit. This compresses the air, which heats it up faster before it travels into your home. During the summertime, the heat pump takes the warm air from inside your home and pumps it outside. This is also how an air conditioning unit works, but without the high energy bills.

Energy Efficiency

Some homeowners are curious to know what makes heat pumps so energy efficient compared to furnaces and air conditioning units. They are energy efficient because they only run on electricity. Since they don't generate heat, they just move the warm air from one location to another. Thus, heat pumps require less energy to power your heating and cooling systems. Heat pumps rely on the same equipment to generate both heat and cool air into a space. You may find that it's more convenient when it comes to simple maintenance. There's no need to worry about many parts of the machine since it's one operating unit.

This makes a heat pump more energy efficient since the efficiency is measured by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). This is the sum of heat removed from your home and the total electrical energy consumed by the heat pump or air conditioning unit. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient your system is. You'll save more money in the long run than you would with a normal air conditioning unit or furnace. What also makes heat pumps more energy efficient than AC units is that they don't consume as much electricity. Heat pumps also reduce the electricity use for heating by up to 50% more than traditional furnaces.

There are some disadvantages to owning a heat pump. Heat pumps may not be as effective in colder climates since operating them depends on the location, size, and climate itself. Also, air conditioning units tend to last longer than heat pumps since they operate year-round. This isn't necessarily the case when you live in a warmer climate such as the south. Air conditioners and furnaces require annual maintenance. So does the heat pump since it's used more often. You will need to schedule an appointment with a professional technician who can inspect the machine and make the appropriate repairs or upgrades. Regular maintenance can improve the life and longevity of your heat pump's cooling and heating performance.

Invest in a Heat Pump

A heat pump is a great alternative to an air conditioner and furnace. If you find that you live in a hot climate where you constantly have the AC running, you may want to invest in a heat pump. It all depends on where you live, how much you want to spend, and whether energy efficiency is important to you. You may want to invest in a heat pump if you want to save more money on your energy bills and improve the energy efficiency of your home. You'll find that it's a cost-effective solution to using an air conditioner that's more likely to break down. Be sure to weigh the costs of owning a heat pump versus an air conditioner since the latter might require more maintenance.

Heat Pumps: Efficiency, Comfort, and Savings

Heat pumps are just one facet of our comprehensive services. We specialize in heating and cooling repairs, installations, and maintenance. Additionally, we provide indoor air quality solutions, including whole-house air filters, air cleaners, ultraviolet (UV) lamps, and UV air sanitizers. Our expertise extends to ductless air systems, programmable thermostats, heat recovery ventilators, and duct repair.

We take pride in our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, our NATE-certified technicians, and our affiliation with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we stand behind it with a 100% guarantee. Contact us today for more information! Schedule a free appointment to determine whether your home would benefit from the efficiency of a heat pump.

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