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Everything You Need to Know About Heat Pumps
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Everything You Need to Know About Heat Pumps

With more homeowners looking for energy-efficient solutions than ever before, heat pumps are picking up popularity as an alternative to traditional HVAC systems. Heat pumps work differently than traditional systems, taking on the role of both heating furnace and air conditioner. If you’re unfamiliar with heat pumps, you may have a lot of questions about how they work and how they can benefit your home.

Thankfully, our heating and cooling experts at General Heating & Air Conditioning are familiar with different types of heat pump systems and experienced with heat pump installation and repair. In this post, we’re sharing everything you need to know when considering a heat pump for your home. Check out this guide and then give us a call to schedule your heat pump installation.

How a Heat Pump Works

A heat pump is an alternative to a traditional furnace and AC system that works well for both residential and commercial applications. It works by allowing air to pass through the system in and out of the home. During the warmer seasons, a heat pump works by removing hot air from inside of the home, essentially extracting hot air by moving it through the system and outdoors. Throughout the winter months, a heat pump works by absorbing heat from the outdoor air. Although the air outside is cold during the winter, it still contains heat energy that can be transferred and used to warm a home’s interior.

Heat Pumps and Energy Usage

Heat pumps use a minimal amount of electricity, which means they’re better for the environment. They’ll also help to cut down on your monthly energy costs. Additionally, heat pumps maintain a more consistent internal temperature inside your home.

For homeowners used to huddling around the furnace on cold days, this can make winter much more tolerable. It also means heat pumps are a more environmentally sound choice for heating your home, reducing your household’s environmental footprint.

Different Types of Heat Pumps

There are several types of heat pumps available on the market today. Two common types of heat pumps are geothermal heat pumps and air source heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps work similarly to air source heat pumps, but instead of transferring heat between the air outside, they use heat from the ground.

The size and type of property will determine the best heat pump for the job. An experienced heat pump specialist can help you decide which type of heat pump is right for your home or business. At General Heat & Air Conditioning, we specialize in heat pump expertise and have more knowledge than many heating and cooling contractors.

How Heat Pumps Differ from Traditional Furnaces

Heat pumps can keep your home just as comfortable as a traditional furnace, but the interior temperature is more evenly distributed. A traditional furnace will kick on periodically to maintain the temperature inside your home, creating a toasty blast of heat in one area.

Homes with traditional furnaces will often experience hot and cold spots and drafts. Heat pumps result in a more consistent interior temperature, which means you won’t have a warm vent to huddle around but your entire home will be more comfortable overall.

Say Goodbye to Static Electricity

If you’ve ever wondered why the air is dryer inside your home during the winter, it’s because of the way your furnace heats your home. The process of heating the air inside your home dries out the air. This creates a host of problems that can make your family uncomfortable all winter long.

Dry skin, sinus discomfort, and chapped lips are some of the most common miseries caused by dry winter air. Static electricity is another nuisance caused by winter dryness. Unlike furnaces, heat pumps won’t strip a home of its natural humidity levels, which means greater comfort even on the coldest winter nights.

Heat Pump Repair

Maintaining your heat pump by keeping up with necessary repairs will help to extend its lifespan. When the cost of repairs begins to mount and your heat pump is more than a decade old, it may be time to replace your existing system with a new one. If your system is operating poorly, this may also indicate a need for replacement. Updating your aging heat pump with a new one will give you the benefit of a new warranty and likely bring your monthly household energy costs back down again. 

Call a heat pump specialist if your heat pump shows any of these signs:

●        Cycling on and off

●        Unexpectedly high electric bills

●        Reduced heat output

●        Excessive noise levels

●        Rattling or groaning

Contact Our Shakopee Heat Pump Specialists

Are you thinking about switching to a heat pump? Does your aging heat pump system need to be repaired or replaced? Our heat pump specialists at General Heating & Air Conditioning in Shakopee can help.

We believe in connecting our customers with the best products for their needs and offering quality installation services and ongoing customer support. Contact us online to discuss heat pump solutions for your home or call us at 952-445-2820 to learn more about our heat pumps and schedule your installation.

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