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    Is A Heat Pump Right For My Home?

    January 26, 2018

    If you are looking for an alternative to the typical HVAC system and a more efficient way to reduce your heating costs, consider having a heat pump installed in your home. In Florida’s climate, cooling is a significant expense (less so with heating). A heat pump is designed to thrive under these conditions and can help cut your costs while saving on energy. A heat pump can also provide your home with year-round comfort, functioning as both a heater and air conditioner.

    The professionals at Electric Today have put together some facts about heat pumps for those who are considering installing one in their home.

    How Does A Heat Pump Work?

    The term “heat pump” is actually a bit misleading, as heat pumps can not only heat but cool your home as well. A heat pump transfers (pumps) heat from one place to another. During the winter, the heat pump transfers warmth from the outside to heat a home. In warmer months, a heat pump reverses the process; transferring the warm air from inside your home to the outside. Because it does not actually generate heat, it can produce the same results as your HVAC – while using much less energy.

    What Types of Heat Pumps Are There?

    Air Source: The most common heat pump to be installed, the air source heat pump, is ideal for homes located in warmer climates and can provide up to three times the energy of traditional air conditioners.

    Ground Source: The most efficient heat pump, the ground source, pumps heat back and forth from the ground. Typically more expensive to install, the ground-source heat pump benefits from low costs due to relatively consistent ground and water temperatures in Florida.

    Absorption Heat: One of the newest heat pumps for residential use. Using hot water, natural gas or propane, the absorption heat pump keeps the temperature to your desired settings.

    Benefits of Heat Pump Installation

    There are many benefits to installing a heat pump in your home. For those looking to cut down on energy bills and want more energy-efficient heating and cooling, heat pumps offer many benefits you will enjoy.

    Energy Efficient: While they tend to cost more up front than a traditional AC unit, the energy-efficient design will immediately start saving you money, especially when it’s over an extended period of time.

    Eco-Friendly: One of the most efficient and eco-friendly heating and cooling options available, heat pumps do not pollute the environment. Other systems like furnaces create pollution during combustion, but heat pumps are cleaner, more efficient and will add value to your home.

    Extra Benefits: A heat pump not only operates as a heater in cooler months, but can do the reverse in warmer months, acting as an AC by transferring warm air to the outside.

    Having a heat pump installed in your home is a big decision. At Electric Today, our trusted technicians are here to help our Tamp Bay customers through the process as you decide which type of design is right for your home. Our technicians are experts at HVAC installations, repairs and maintenance, and can help you with all your heat pump questions and needs, while directing you to the best options for your home. Call us at 813-653-4221 to schedule an appointment today.