Heat Pumps

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

During the winter, heat pumps act as the heater. They transfer the heat energy from outside and bring it inside your home. During the summer months, it’s the opposite. The heat from inside your home gets pushed outside like an air conditioner. Because of their performance, heat pumps provide year-round comfort. Electric-powered heat pumps typically work well in colder areas when used in conjunction with an oil or gas furnace. This typically leads to lower heating costs.

Heat pumps work in conjunction with a series of coils that draw energy from water, air, or ground. Because the energy drawn is from a natural source, they are very environmentally friendly and are the most energy-efficient method to cooling and heating your home. Heat pumps are a greener way to heat and cool your home, due to the fact that they do not burn fuel to transfer heat.

3 Types of Heat Pumps

Air-to-air, geothermal, and water source are the three types of heat pumps. To determine which type works best for you and your home, contact your professionals at Edelman Inc. today at (217) 290-9065.

Although the initial cost of a heat pump is higher than an air conditioner or traditional furnace, the annual energy cost savings over time can make up the cost difference in five to 10 years. Ensuring that your heat pump is well maintained and operating efficiently also saves you money. The more efficiently your heat pump performs, the less energy is used, which in turn results in lower costs. Our HVAC professionals can help with the thermostat settings and the indoor pump’s fan operation. They will provide recommended guidelines to ensure everything works well and performs at optimal levels. When your heat pump undergoes regular maintenance, it is less likely to break down.

Regular maintenance tips to ensure your heat pump lasts include:

  • Changing or cleaning the heat pump filter.
  • Cleaning its coils and fans seasonally to prevent poor energy efficiency.
  • The energy difference between a well-maintained system and a neglected one can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.

The Benefits of Heat Pump Installation Services

They provide heating and cooling

Homeowners in the Champaign, Illinois area love their heat pumps because they provide both heating and air conditioning for year-round comfort. Heat pumps use a reverse valve to change the direction of the refrigerant to give the system the ability to switch from cooling to heating and vice versa. Because a heat pump heating system doesn’t work as efficiently once the temperatures dip below freezing, we recommend installing electric heat strips or a backup furnace for supplemental heat during those really cold days.

Environmentally friendly

When the heat pump provides heating in the winter, it doesn’t rely on fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, or propane for heating, making them much more environmentally friendly than traditional heating systems such as furnaces. If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce your home’s carbon footprint, lower its energy consumption and decrease utility bills, consider having a new heat pump installed in your home.

Improved efficiency

According to Energy.gov, heat pumps can reduce a home’s electricity use during the heating season by about 50% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces. Lower energy costs mean more of your hard-earned money stays in your wallet. During the cooling season in the spring and summer, homeowners can save money on electrical costs because heat pumps do a better job at dehumidifying a home.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Because heat pumps don’t burn fossil fuels and no fumes or combustion byproducts are created, they deliver better indoor air quality to homes, and there is no risk of carbon monoxide filling the air.

Contact Edelman for Heat Pump Services

If you’re interested in having a heat pump installed in your Champaign, Illinois or surrounding area home, give the heating and air conditioning system professionals at Edelman a call today! If you have an existing heat pump, we also provide heat pump replacement, repair and maintenance services. Our technicians have the know-how to make quality heat pump repairs on all makes and models of units. Contact us today to request an appointment.

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