When exploring options for heating a home, heat pumps are increasingly included as one the more reliable and affordable heating systems on the market. Just ten years ago heat pumps were a niche system that couldn’t hold a candle to more reliable heaters like furnaces and boilers. Now they’re some of the most efficient and effective units available.
We’re going to talk about the unique advantages and disadvantages a heat pump offers. As any Yonkers HVAC company should already know, heat pumps provide a perfect solution to many homes without ductwork or for homeowners who aren’t too keen on intrusive pipework for boilers. We urge homeowners to take a look at what we’ve listed below and consider whether a heat pump is right for them.
A Unique System for Unique Homes
Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular here, and it’s no wonder why so many homeowners are choosing such a versatile system. Sure, they’re not for everyone—but the people who like them enjoy them for some specific reasons.
- Lower operating costs. Heat pumps run on electricity by moving heat from one location to another via cycling refrigerant. That means, unlike a furnace or a boiler, heat pumps don’t need to waste energy creating heat, which is far more energy-intensive than moving heat.
- Safety. Many homeowners don’t like the idea of gas being burned via combustion in their homes. Carbon monoxide and gas leaks can sometimes occur from a faulty furnace or boiler, which is why a heat pump is a safer choice of heater.
- Versatility. Incredibly, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling. The process that they use to transfer heat from one location to another can also be reversed, transferring heat from the inside of the home to the outside, functioning as air conditioners as well!
- Incredible efficiency. In comparison to furnaces and boilers, heat pumps definitely hold their own by being incredibly efficient systems.
Disadvantages to Keep in Mind
For the sake of honesty, if anyone is planning on purchasing a heat pump in the near future, there are some caveats to keep in mind.
- Higher initial cost. Heat pumps cost more to purchase upfront than a furnace. If an initial price is a dealbreaker, then a furnace might be better.
- Cold weather inefficiency. The colder it gets, the more inefficient a heat pump will be. Therefore, if any homeowners often experience temperatures below zero, a more powerful furnace or boiler might be a better solution than a heat pump.
- Uncommon. Since furnaces and boilers are more common, more technicians know how to work on them. Heat pumps require professional work from a team that has experience servicing them. Basically, don’t ever get an amateur to look at a heat pump.
So, unless temperatures are regularly below zero or a slightly higher initial price is a dealbreaker, we highly advise anyone out there to purchase a heat pump system for increased efficiency and an environmentally friendly heating solution.
Give our team a call at Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators to take the dive into electric heat pump technology!