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What exactly is a heat pump? An electric heat pump is a single unit that both heats and cools your home. A heat pump is the most efficient heating and cooling system available today because it generates more than one unit of heat for each unit of energy it consumes.Heat pumps use the same refrigerant system as air conditioning units, but are able to reverse the rotation to emit heat instead of cool air. They transfer heat from one place to another; in summer months, the heat pump takes warm air from inside the house and pumps it outside, in the cooler months, doing the opposite; taking warmth out of the outside air and pushing it inside the house. Perfect for milder climates as a heat pump does not generate heat, it moves already established heat energy into different spaces.

 

If it does both heat and cool, why is it only called a heat pump? 

While it can be confusing that this system does both heat and cool…remember to reverse the 2 words; it pumps heat. A heat pump pumps heat. In summer, it pumps heat from inside your house out. In winter, it pumps heat from outside in!

 

Wait a second…there is heat outside in winter?

Yes! Even when it gets chilly, the air contains a percentage of the heat needed, and a heat pump is able to extract that energy and pump it into your home.

 

Should I have a back-up option in case the climate and weather is not right for my heat pump?

All heat pumps need backup.  Supplemetal heat is nessasary when it gets down in the 30s. Heat strips are built in the air handler for that reason and to keep the air warm when unit goes into defrost mode so the condenser does not freeze up.

 

I’ve heard a heat pump produces ‘colder’ air than say, a gas furnace…is this true?

With a heat pump system, you experience completely different technology and science and getting used to that can be strange. A heat pump doesn’t give a ‘blast’ of warm air for a few minutes and then shut off, instead, it produces a constant, less intense, steady stream of heated (or cooled) air. Many who use heat pumps report a more consistent comfort level and tend to not experience the ‘too hot-too cold’ ups and downs of other HVAC systems.

As we approach the months of the year where you might feel chilly, or need an extra layer, it is time to consider a heat pump system for your home. The technicians at Air Source Cooling and Heating will get you feeling as comfortable as possible as soon as possible! Visit www.airsource-brooksville.com for more information about how we can help you feel 100% comfortable in your home this winter.