A heat pump is a heating and cooling system that works by moving heat from one place (where it isn't necessarily needed) to where it is needed. Heat pumps are suitable for moderate climates where extensive heating and cooling isn't mandatory. Here are a few advantages of heat pump systems over traditional heating and cooling systems.
You Get a Two-in-One System
A heat pump acts as a heater during the cold season and an air conditioner during the warmer months. This is because it is designed to absorb heat from one side and expel it from the other side. Thus, during the winter season, it will absorb heat outside the house and use it to heat your indoor air. In the summer, the reverse applies where the heat pump absorbs indoor heat and expels it outdoors.
This isn't possible in areas that experience extreme temperatures (extremely hot or cold areas). This is because the heat pump can't keep up with extremely high or low temperatures; they lose their efficiency in such areas.
They Are Efficient
A heat pump is more efficient than conventional heaters and air conditioners. This is because, as outlined above, a heat pump doesn't generate heat; it only transfers it from one place to another. Transferring heat from one place to another (for example from the outdoor air to the indoor air) uses more energy than generating some heat to warm up your indoor air. If you have been using conventional furnaces, it's estimated that a heat pump can trim your energy use by approximately 50%.
They Are Environmentally Friendly
The available non-renewable energy resources are constantly on a decline. Not only is that, but the exploitation of these energy resources, plus their use, is fouling up the environment. That is why anything that reduces the use of energy (especially without a decrease in utilization efficiency) is good for the environment. Since it has been established that heat pumps are energy-efficient, it follows, therefore, that they are environmentally friendly.
They Ensure Uniform Heating and Cooling
Few things are as uncomfortable as dealing with non-uniform heating or cooling in a room. Nobody wants to feel like changing the thermostat when moving from one corner of the room to another or from one room to another. Unfortunately, conventional heating and cooling systems are notorious for this problem. However, heat pumps are known for their uniform heating and cooling so you don't have to worry about temperature fluctuations after installing one.
Therefore, if you are constructing a house in a moderate climate, talk to a heating technician about the possibility of using a heat pump for your heating and cooling needs. If you are lucky, you may just find that a heat pump can serve your house all year long.
To learn more, reach out to companies like Soco Air Conditioning.