Heating And Cooling Bills Got You Down? The Advantages Of A Heat Pump

If you are experiencing high heating and cooling bills, it may be time to have a new system installed. You could go with simply replacing the unit you have now, or you could change things up a bit. If you are looking for an environmentally friendly way to save money on your bills, you should consider getting a heat pump. Here are just a few advantages you will receive if you go with this method of heating and cooling your home.

Saving Money

A heat pump simply moves hot air around. In the winter, it draws the heat out of the air outside, or from the ground, and brings it into your home where a fan can be used to blow it around, or a radiator system around the bottom of the walls will radiate the heat into the room. In the summer, it takes the heat from inside your home and transfers it outside. Heat is not "created"; therefore, the only expense is to run the pump and fan. You can save anywhere from 1/3 to ½ of your heating bill by using a heat pump instead of a furnace or boiler.

Environmentally Friendly

Since a heat pump does not need fossil fuels to operate, you are not depleting the earth of anything to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In addition, your HVAC system is not producing any fumes that will be forced into the air, causing pollution and increasing the greenhouse effect. While the production of the electricity to run the heat pump may use fossil fuels and create some pollution, the fact that the heat pump requires less electricity to operate makes it more environmentally friendly than most other heating and cooling options.

Safer Operation

Since a heat pump does not generate heat, there are no flames or electric arches that can cause a fire. You do not have to worry about having an oil or gas tank explode, or have a gas leak in the system that can be deadly.

Depending on the climate where you live, you may need to have an auxiliary furnace for heating purposes if using an air heat pump. However, you could go with a ground heat pump and not need anything else to keep your home comfortable year round. If you are in need of a new HVAC system anyway, why not go with the one that will save you the most money? Talk to your local HVAC company to learn more and to find out what it would involve in having a heat pump system installed.