Why You Should Consider an Air Source Heat Pump for Your Home
Choosing the right home heating and cooling system is no easy task. Most importantly, you need a system that will condition your home adequately, efficiently, and safely. Then you must factor in budget, maintenance, and expected lifespan.
One home comfort solution that has become increasingly popular – and for good reason – is an air source heat pump. Wondering what all the fuss is about and whether an air source heat pump may be the solution you’re looking for? Let’s find out.
What Is an Air Source Heat Pump?
An air source heat pump is an energy efficient heating and cooling unit that transfers heat rather than generating it like other combustion heating units. Additionally, an air-source heat pump relies on electricity rather than gas or oil to produce heat.
They generally consist of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, which are connected via a refrigerant line. In heating mode, the outside unit extracts heat from the outside air and pulls it through a refrigerant coolant, which is then compressed to increase the temperature of the air. The resulting warm air is then pushed into the home using a fan system.
In cooling mode, the system pulls in warm air from the home and sends it outside. Refrigerant is then circulated through the indoor unit, absorbing the heat in the air and redistributing cool, dehumidified air throughout the home.
Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps
Here are a few reasons why air source heat pumps might be a great fit for your home.
- Energy Efficient
Air source heat pumps are more efficient than traditional heating systems, such as boilers or furnaces, because they transfer heat rather than create it. The process of heat transfer requires less energy to produce the same amount of heat.
- Environmentally friendly
Air source heat pumps are electric, non-combustion systems so they emit much less carbon dioxide than traditional heating systems. This also makes them a safer heating alternative.
Although they cost a bit more upfront than traditional HVAC systems, air source heat pumps have lower operating costs and require less maintenance. What’s more, they are usually only slightly more expensive than central air conditioning units, so if you plan to install an AC unit anyway, it might be worth considering an air source heat pump that can provide both cooling and heating.
Air source heat pumps can be used for heating, cooling, and even hot water production, making them a versatile option for homes. You also have the choice of a ductless system that gives you the freedom to heat and cool each room as you see fit with individual air handlers placed inside each room of your home.
Because they rely on electricity for operation, air source heat pumps can be powered by solar panels. For those looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save even more on utility costs, this feature is a win-win.
Is an Air Source Heat Pump Right for My Home?
While the benefits are many, air source heat pumps are not without drawbacks. As mentioned above, they do cost a bit more upfront than conventional HVAC systems. Plus, because they run on electricity, you can expect an increase on your electric bill. And finally, because air source heat pumps don’t generate heat they can struggle to pull in heat in anything below 25 degrees Fahrenheit, so a back up heat source may be required to get through especially cold winters.
Is converting to an air source heat pump the right move for you? Contact Correct Temp today so we can discuss all your home heating and cooling options and provide you with a free new or replacement system estimate.