The official first start of fall is only a few days away and even though temperatures are still quite pleasant, it’s time to start thinking about your home’s heating system. Was it failing to create a comfortable indoor environment toward the end of winter? Is it just not throwing heat like it used to? If so, it may be worth considering a heat pump system this season. What is a Heat Pump? Put simply, a heat pump system is a more energy-efficient alternative to a furnace. Why? Well, furnaces create heat by burning fuel and then distribute it throughout the house. A heat pump, on the other hand, does not create heat. It simply transfers heat from one area to another. But there’s more to it than that. Contrary to popular belief, heat pumps aren’t restricted to heating homes. They can also be used to cool homes by moving heat outside of the house. It’s a win-win if you ask us! Two Main Types of Heat Pumps:
- Air-Source: this type of heat pump absorbs warmth from outdoor air, even when it’s cold outside, and transfers it inside your home. Under optimal conditions, air-source heat pumps can reduce a home’s energy usage by nearly 40%.
- Geothermal: instead of taking heat from the air, geothermal heat pumps use the ground as the main source. These systems work via a system of fluid-filled piping that takes heat from the ground and moves it up to the heat pump, where it’s then transferred indoors.
Ready to get some more information about heat pump systems before you make the switch? Contact the friendly staff at Rusk Heating & Cooling today and we’d be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have!