We’re big proponents of heat pumps, and we’re definitely not alone. The last few years have seen a big push for heat pumps as an alternative to the standard combination of air conditioners and furnaces (either gas or electric), and more and more homes are discovering the numerous benefits of making this change.
If you’re considering a heat pump installation in Ellensburg, WA or elsewhere in our service area, we want to encourage you. Below are some of the best advantages of making the switch to a heat pump for your home comfort.
The main appeal of heat pumps is that they’re both heating and cooling systems. They don’t package together a separare heater and air conditioner, but use the exact same process to work in both heating and cooling mode.
Think of a heat pump as an air conditioner that can change the direction it works. When an AC is running, what comes out of the outdoor cabinet? That’s right: heat. Now imagine an AC that can switch around so that it releases that heat into your house. That’s what a heat pump does, and it only requires an adjustment on the thermostat to change between the two modes. You have convenient comfort all through the year.
Heat pumps in cooling mode work at similar energy efficiencies to standard air conditioners. In heating mode, however, heat pumps have far greater efficiency than most types of heating systems. For example, heat pumps use only a fraction of the electricity that electric furnaces do. This is because heat pumps use energy to move heat from one place to another, rather than generating heat the way furnaces do. This consumes far less energy. You can expect to see lower heating costs thanks to installing a heat pump.
The heat that comes from a heat pump is more consistent and evenly distributed than that from furnaces. A heat pump can maintain a more stable indoor temperature with fewer fluctuations for a more comfortable home that doesn’t feel as stuffy during the winter.
Heat pumps are much more beneficial to the environment because they do not burn fossil fuels. This lowers greenhouse gas emissions and helps to combat climate change. This superior energy efficiency is also beneficial to the environment, because the high efficiency reduces overall energy consumption and lowers carbon dioxide emissions. Furthermore, heat pumps can rely on renewable energy sources such as solar energy and geothermal energy.
Ideal for our climate
Heat pumps can struggle in extremely cold temperatures because it becomes harder for them to extract heat from the outside air. Our winter temperatures, however, are just right for heat pumps. You’ll rarely have to worry about your heat pump losing efficiency because of the cold weather.
You have many different options when it comes to heat pumps, such as size and type. They come in both ducted and ductless configurations, and you can opt for geothermal and solar models as well. Believe us, there’s a heat pump for every house!