Heat pumps are steadily growing in popularity across the Midwest and Indiana because of their many benefits, including energy savings and year-round comfort. If you’re looking for an efficient way to cool your Crawfordsville, Danville or Greencastle home, consider purchasing a heat pump.
In our most recent blog, the HVAC technicians at Edwards Royal Comfort discuss how air-source heat pumps work and the many benefits associated with having one installed. For all of your heating and cooling-related questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at Edwards!
What Is a Heat Pump System?
In the summer, heat pumps operate just like conventional air conditioning systems. Heat pumps use a refrigerant to absorb heat in homes and transfer it outside, causing the indoor air to become cold.
For heating, heat pumps use the same cycle but run in reverse. Heat pumps heat homes by pulling the air outside and transferring it to the indoor air. Even when it’s cold outside, there is usually sufficient heat energy within the air supply to be used to heat homes. Heat pumps do not generate heat by burning fuel like traditional heating systems such as furnaces. The only drawback is that heat pumps don’t operate as efficiently once the temperature dips below freezing, so installing electric heat strips is beneficial during extremely cold weather.
Benefits of Having a Heat Pump Installed
Let’s discuss some of the benefits that come with having a heat pump installed in your Indiana home.
1. They provide both heating and cooling
As we mentioned, one of the biggest benefits of heat pumps is their ability to provide both heating and cooling. They use a reverse valve, which reverses the direction of the refrigerant, to switch from heating and cooling.
Instead of using an air conditioner for cooling and a furnace for heating, heat pumps can take on both tasks to provide year-round comfort.
2. Improved efficiency
Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems because they require less energy for operation. According to Energy.gov, heat pumps can reduce a home’s electricity use for heating by about 50% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces and baseboard heaters. Heat pumps are also better at dehumidifying a home in the summer, which saves on electrical costs during the warmer months.
3. Environmentally friendly
Heat pumps do not require the use of fossil fuels, which makes them better for the environment than furnaces which use natural gas, oil or propane for heating. Reduce your home’s carbon footprint and decrease energy consumption with the installation of a heat pump.
4. Improved Indoor Air Quality
Heat pumps deliver better indoor air quality, especially during the winter because they do not burn fuel for heating. There are no fumes or combustion byproducts created, which can enter your home’s air supply through furnace malfunctions. Forced air heat pump systems use filters to remove airborne contaminants, just like furnaces and air conditioners do.
Contact Edwards for the Installation of a Heat Pump HVAC System
If you’re interested in the installation of a heat pump in your Crawfordsville, Danville or Greencastle home, don’t hesitate to reach out to the heating and cooling experts at Edwards Royal Comfort. Call us, or contact us online today to schedule an appointment.