Heat pumps are nifty alternatives (or supplements) to getting a furnace or air conditioner. Because of the name, many people think that a heat pump serves one purpose – but it can both heat and cool a home. Once thought to be best for those with moderate heating and cooling needs, newer heat pump models – like Carrier’s geothermal heat pumps – can be used in the coldest winters and hottest summers. Here are some of the benefits of installing a Carrier heat pump in your home.
1. Can Heat And Cool Your Home
We briefly mentioned this, but it’s pretty cool that you can have one piece of equipment that can pull double duty! Just like an air conditioner takes heat from inside the home and pushes it outside in the summer, so does a heat pump. But it also has the ability to flip the process in the winter and act as a heating unit. Our expert Keith Hill, the technical support manager at Minnesota Air, describes the heating mode like a reverse refrigerator because it extracts heat from the outdoors and ejects it into the air flowing in your duct system, which will heat your home. He says that even when it’s cold outside, the refrigeration system can take heat from 30- or 40-degree outdoor air and bring that heat indoors with the newest units.
2. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Whether you use a heat pump as your main source for heating and cooling or as a supplement to your furnace and AC, a heat pump is great for efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are three different types of heat pumps: air-to-air, which collects heat from the air; water source, which collects it from water; and geothermal, which collects it from the ground outside your home. Then they concentrate that for use inside your house. In fact, heat pumps today are so efficient at doing their job that they “can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces and baseboard heaters,” according to the Department of Energy.
If you are using a heat pump as a supplement to your furnace or AC, it can still be very energy efficient, because your furnace or AC will only kick on as a backup during those extremely hot or cold times.
3. Lower Energy Costs
Because heat pumps are so efficient, they are also great for lower energy costs. According to the Department of Energy, “because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one-quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.”
If you invest in a geothermal heat pump, you’ll have even greater efficiency and overall savings. They may cost more upfront to install, but because they use ground or water temperatures, which are pretty constant, it’s a very minimal cost to operate.
4. Less Dry Air
If you use a humidifier in your house in the winter, you may know firsthand how using most natural gas furnaces can generate dry air and pump that dry air into you home. Unless your furnace has sealed combustion (using two sealed pipes to move the air — one into the house and one moving it out), you deal with dry air in the winter. That lack of moisture can make you feel itchy, dry, chapped, and uncomfortable. But heat pumps don't generate that dry air, so you may not need a humidifier in the winter.
5. Bonus Benefits
Lastly, there are a few bonus benefits to getting a heat pump (depending on the type of model you get), such as:
- They are less noisy – especially for an electric heat pump because the air compressor is normally put outside the building.
- Less pollution because there is no natural gas combustion.
Overall, installing a Carrier heat pump can be a good investment if you are looking to improve energy efficiency and lower the energy costs in your home. To get more information, talk to an HVAC professional like the experts at StayComfyMinnesota.com.