Whether you’ve been considering ways to keep your home cozy throughout the winter or help cool it down for the summer, you may want to think about having a heat pump installed sooner rather than later. Don’t be fooled by the name, as heat pumps aren’t all they seem to be. During the summer, a heat pump moves the heat from your house to the outdoors, while on cool winter days they bring warmth into your home. A heat pump can do both of these things for far less than what it would cost to run a furnace or central air conditioner.
But that begs the question of what type of heat pump should you get. Your friendly neighborhood HVAC maintenance pros at Bounds Heating & Air are here to help answer that question.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
The most common type of heat pump installed is the air-source heat pump, which has two components; the indoor unit which handles air, and an outdoor unit which is the heat pump itself. Current air-source heat pumps can reduce heating costs by up to 50% as compared to furnaces and other heaters, while at the same time dehumidifying better than your standard air conditioner.
Split-Ductless Heat Pumps
A split-ductless heat pump has two units, with the indoor unit being installed on a high wall or a ceiling. This type of heat pump doesn’t need ductwork, so it’s usually installed in a single room, enabling it to avoid the energy losses that come with ductwork. This type of pump also offers design flexibility. Hiring a professional HVAC repair company is advisable for the installation of a split-ductless pump. as this is not a DIY job.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps move heat with a water solution via pipes buried underground. Geothermal heat pumps can also control humidity, allowing for a 25-50% reduction in home energy use as compared to other heating and cooling systems. At the same time, they’re low-maintenance as well. There are a couple downsides to geothermal heat pumps, however: they aren’t practical for small areas, for one thing. and they can also be expensive to install.