If you want to reduce your high winter fuel bills with a more efficient form of heat, a heat pump may be your perfect solution. These highly efficient units replace both your standard furnace and air conditioner to help keep your home comfortable all year round.
Electric heat pumps look very similar to a traditional air conditioner, with both an indoor and outdoor unit, two coils, and a compressor that moves refrigerant between them. And just like an air conditioner, a heat pump’s main job is to transfer heat from the surrounding air, making your home more comfortable. Air conditioners are designed for a one-way transfer – they absorb the heat inside your home and release it outdoors, returning the cooler air to your living space. A heat pump is able to reverse this process in the winter by absorbing the available heat from the surrounding air and transferring it into your home. On the coldest of cold days, an emergency backup system will kick in and help keep your home comfortable.
Efficient Heat Pumps
Because heat pumps transfer heat rather than burning fuel to produce it, they are a very efficient option for the energy conscious homeowner. Heat pumps that transfer heat from the surrounding air, such as the system described above, are called “air source heat pumps.” These are the most common heat pumps found in our area. Another type of heat pump, known as “ground source” or “geothermal”, transfers heat from the earth – an even more efficient option, as the earth’s temperature is more constant than that of the air.
At Oliver, we want to help you choose the best option for your home and lifestyle. Talk to one of our heating experts today and find out if a heat pump is right for your home.