By the time you finally get into bed at night, you might not want nothing more than to watch a fun television show in your cool, air conditioned master bedroom. Unfortunately, if you are experiencing trouble with your air conditioner, you might find yourself in a stuffy, uncomfortable space instead. However, air conditioning trouble doesn't have to come as a surprise. If you can learn to recognize the signs of trouble early, you might be able to call in the professionals before things turn sour. On my blog, you will be able to read through loads of helpful information on HVAC, so that you can detect trouble before it ruins your sleep.
If you live in an area where the summers don't get too hot and the winters don't get too cold, your HVAC contractor may be recommending that you install a heat pump in your home rather than a full-size furnace and AC unit. Many homeowners hesitate to install a heat pump simply because they're unfamiliar with what they are and how they work. Here's a closer look at this type of system and its advantages -- so you can make a more informed choice.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a single appliance that can heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. During the winter months, it gathers heat from the outdoor air and pumps it inside. During the summer, it gathers heat from indoors and pumps it out of your home, effectively cooling your home. You can change the direction of the heat pump (from the summer to winter functions) with just a flip of a switch.
What are the advantages of a heat pump in a moderate climate?
If you lived in a climate with hotter summers or warmer winters, you may not be able to get away with just having a heat pump. You might need a furnace or AC unit for backup -- which would somewhat defeat the purpose of having a heat pump. However, in a moderate climate where a heat pump alone can keep your home a comfortable temperature, there are a few reasons to make this choice:
It's cheaper. Purchasing both a furnace and an AC unit can be quite expensive. Plus, these appliances need to be integrated with ductwork. A heat pump is only one appliance you need to buy, and the air handling units can usually be mounted directly on the wall, so there's no need to run an intricate system of ducts through your walls.
It runs on electricity. If you don't want to pay a separate gas or propane bill, a heat pump is the perfect solution. This can be a real advantage to the environment if your electricity is obtained from green sources, like solar or wind power.
There's no combustion. With a furnace, either natural gas, propane, or oil is burning in your basement. Though fires and explosions are rare, they do happen -- and gas leaks are not unheard of, either. With a heat pump, there is no combustion; the heat is simply transferred from place to place in a manner similar to that used by your refrigerator. This makes a heat pump a safer heating choice. Click here to learn more about the best heating and air conditioning options.Share
7 December 2016