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How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Heat pumps come in both gas and electric varieties. They do not convert electricity into heat, but rather use the warm air from the ground or air and transfer that heat back to the home. They are efficient because all the transferred air doesn’t have to undergo a warming process; it uses natural resources to keep the home comfortable. When used together with an air conditioner, the heat pump removes the heat from the home, making it easier to cool the rest of the space.
Why Are They So Energy Efficient?
Heat pumps can help lower your utility bills. The higher the SEER rating on the unit, the more energy savings it provides. Most units will tell you an average of how much it will cost to operate. This means potential buyers can see how much they can save before they make such a purchase.
Many homeowners find that it is easy to control their temperature with a heat pump. Most prefer to use an electric version, as it is even more economical than gas. Gas tends to produce dry heat, which can be a problem for some. Electric heating systems generate moist heat, which can help alleviate sinus and allergy symptoms. Those who have had to use a humidifier in the past to combat dry air find that they do not need extra units once a heat pump is installed.
Is a Heat Pump Right For Your Home?
Not all areas of the country can benefit from a heat pump. However, Indiana’s winter weather does warrant the need for one. The initial cost of purchasing a heat pump deter some homeowners, but the energy savings alone is more than enough to pay for the unit over time.
What are Common Heat Pump Problems
One common problem is ice build up on the heat pump, this means there is an issue with the defrost cycle. You might also see steam rising from the heat pump. While you might believe this to even be smoke (sometimes the steam can turn a darker, black color), the steam is natural, so don’t worry about this. Other problems are the device making an odd noise and the equipment not turning on at all.