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The Pros & Cons of Air-Source Heat Pumps
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The Pros & Cons of Air-Source Heat Pumps

Advancements in technology are allowing homeowners to find better solutions for higher levels of energy efficiency. Air-source heat pumps are considered a green option, but before you invest, it's good to understand their pros and cons.

The General Heating & Air Conditioning team wants you to make an informed decision, so check out our expert guide listing the pros and cons of these systems. 

What are Air-Source Heat Pumps?

Air-source heat pumps are designed to absorb heat from outside air and increase its temperature, which is then turned into a fluid used to heat the air or water in and around your home. It uses a compression refrigeration process similar to air conditioners but moves in the opposite direction as it passes through the pump's outdoor and indoor coils.

What Are Their Advantages?

Air-source heat pumps have multiple advantages, so let's look at just a few of our favorites:


It's all about energy efficiency, and one of the biggest reasons air-source heat pumps are a great option is their energy-reducing design. This means reduced costs for heating and cooling and less greenhouse gas emissions for a lower carbon footprint.


The systems don't need to burn fuel to make heat, which is safer than combustion-based systems. While they will still need regular service checks like the rest of your equipment, it's generally not about the unit's safety but the warranty and annual maintenance.


High-quality designed systems can last for up to 20 years. Keep in mind that this is all dependent on how well you take care of the heat pump, but with a little bit of maintenance, you get a low-carbon and efficient system that will last you for decades.

Can Be Used with Solar

If you have solar panels or you're considering investing in them, they can be paired with the pump. While solar energy might not be able to fully power it, even partial power can reduce your running costs and emissions.

They Work for Cooling and Heating

Depending on your location, the systems also offer another significant advantage because they can be used for heating and cooling, especially if there are large fluctuations between summer and winter. While they're generally used primarily for heating, they can also extract heat energy from the inside and push it out for more efficient cooling.

What Are the Drawbacks?

As with all things, some disadvantages come with the system, and a few to be aware of include the following:

Increased Running Costs

Because the system runs solely on electricity, it can be more expensive than a gas unit. This makes heat pumps more expensive because their efficiency can make up for the difference, so if there is an increase in cost, it won't be as noticeable.

Larger Initial Investment

Heat pumps can be an inexpensive investment between the purchase price and installation. However, with grants available, this can help negate some of the price, and due to its efficiency levels, it can pay for itself over time.

Get Expert Heating and Air Conditioning Services in the Twin Cities

Air-source heat pumps are an energy-efficient solution that you can count on through the years, and if you need an expert for an installation or have any questions, the General Heating & Air Conditioning team is here to help!

For over 50 years, we have been providing expert heating and air conditioning services in the Twin Cities, and we specialize in everything from heat pump installation to air quality systems.

Get your new air-source heat pump system installed today by calling 952-445-2820 or message us online, and one of our team members will get back to you shortly.

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