Are Heat Pumps Efficient?

January 10, 2020

Heat pumps are a special type of HVAC system that works by taking heat from one area and moving it to another. Due to their unique design, they can be used to add heat to a home or remove heat and make your house cooler. If you are thinking about adding a heat pump to your home, it is helpful to understand the efficiency of this system.

Comparing Heat Pumps to Traditional Heaters

Heat pumps use roughly half the electricity of furnaces and other traditional heaters that run on electricity. They are also more efficient than gas-run heaters, oil furnaces, and propane furnaces. Heat pump’s ability to provide heat without using as much energy can result in big utility bill savings for you when you use Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc.‘s heat pump installation service in Boling-Iago, TX.

Comparing Heat Pump Efficiency to Air Conditioners

Heat pumps can also be used to cool the home efficiently. They have about the same energy efficiency rating as high-efficiency air conditioners. Heat pumps also last a little longer than traditional central ACs, improving their cost-efficiency.

Heat Pump Efficiency in Cold Weather

With their affordable and efficient performance, it might seem like heat pumps are the obvious best choice. However, the only downside of heat pumps is that they do not work well in below-freezing temperatures because there is almost no heat for them to move. This does mean that heat pumps work harder and are less efficient in cold weather, but they are still more efficient than a traditional heater. You can improve efficiency in cold weather by only increasing temperatures gradually, so your heat pump does not have to turn on the auxiliary heat.

Have more questions about heat pumps? The talented technicians at Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. can answer all your questions about these devices. We can also help you out with all sorts of repairs, installations and maintenance for your other heating and cooling systems. Call Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. in Boling-Iago today for more information.

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