April 13, 2017

Heat Pumps: Energy-Efficient Heating & Cooling Systems

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling SystemsWhen homeowners think of HVAC systems, they tend to think of either a heater or an air conditioner. These are the most common types of HVAC units, but there are more options available. Did you know there’s a system that can both heat and cool your home efficiently?

Prime Comfort offers different types of units that keep homeowners comfortable all year round! One of the lesser-known units that provides total comfort all year long is the heat pump, and it performs as well as any heating or cooling system and more efficiently in some cases!

In this blog post, we will discuss all things heat pumps: how they work, why they can both heat and cool homes, and how they can be the perfect fit for your home in a climate like ours! If it’s almost time to replace your furnace or AC, keep reading to learn how a heat pump may be the most economical decision for your home.

How It Works

A heat pump operates exactly as the name indicates; it pumps heat. Through a series of mechanical processes within the system, a heat pump will either pump heat into or out of your home. A heat pump does not generate heat for your home like a furnace; rather, it transfers the heat from one place to another. Because it transfer heat instead of generating it, a heat pump is one of the most energy efficient HVAC systems in the industry.

So, what if there’s no heat? You’re probably wondering how a heat pump might operate when temperatures are below zero with virtually no heat in the air. On especially cold nights, specialized heat pumps are equipped with electric heating elements that provide auxiliary heat, making the heat pump a system capable of providing complete in-home comfort during even the coldest times of the year.

A typical heat pump has an outdoor unit containing a compressor and condenser that work with your indoor air handling unit to heat or cool your home. Since the heat pump can heat and cool, homeowners can use it as the single HVAC system in their home.

During the summer, the heat pump will pull heat from inside your home and transfer it outside, resulting in a cooler home. In the winter, that process reverses, and the heat from outside is pumped into your home to keep you warm.

What does this mean? All you need is a heat pump – no more furnace or AC!

Types of Heat Pumps

There are two main types of heat pumps; one that pumps hot air and one that pumps water. The water-based heat pumps operate on the same premise as their air-based counterparts, using water instead of air. There are also geothermal heat pumps, which are a little more complex because they use heat from the ground. Just a few feet below the surface of the earth, the air temperature is naturally warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Through a series of pipes, air handlers, and condensers, the heat pump uses that natural temperature to keep your home comfortable.

Why It’s Perfect For Our Climate

In Charlotte and the surrounding areas, we experience all four seasons, but we rarely face extreme temperatures. The average temperatures here in Charlotte range between 30 and 50 degrees in the winter and 65 to 90 degrees in the summer. In moderate climates like ours, a heat pump is a great option for the environmentally-conscious homeowner.

Half the Systems, Double the Work

A heat pump is unique in design and function and thus requires regular professional maintenance and care just like any other HVAC system. Think of it this way: instead of two separate units, your heat pump solely functions to keep the temperature in your home comfortable all year long. Instead of two units splitting the work throughout the year, all of the wear and tear is accumulated by the heat pump. For this reason, maintenance is especially important for a heat pump.

When we install a heat pump, we perform a load calculation to gauge the size of the home and the amount of power needed. Since a heat pump works all year round, it will build up more wear and tear over time. We strongly suggest heat pump owners to invest in professional maintenance.

Considering a Heat Pump?

As we approach spring and summer, now is the perfect time to think about the condition of your current HVAC system(s) and consider a new one. If both of your heating and cooling systems are old, why look for two new units? Solve both problems at once while saving yourself time and money. As an added bonus, take advantage of our Cash for Clunkers special to receive an additional $500 off the purchase of your new system by trading in your old system!

You may have never heard of or considered a heat pump for your home, but we’re here to help! We understand that you have questions, and we’re here to answer all of them. We offer a vast number of complete HVAC systems, all of which are great options for homeowners.

Heat pumps are especially efficient systems that can be ideal for Charlotte homeowners. If you have any questions about heat pumps, your current system, or any other types of systems we offer, please contact us today!