Heat Pumps

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

During the 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 homeowners in warmer areas. 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 make up the in five to ten years. Ensuring that your heat pump is well maintained and operating efficiently also saves you money. The more efficiently your heat pump is performing, less energy is used, which in turn results in less cost. 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:

  • Changing or cleaning the heat pump filter prolongs its life.
  • Clean your 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.


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