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What Is a Heat Pump?

Chris Helms - Thursday, December 04, 2014

The question of the day is, what is a heat pump?

Heat pump at a home

Do you ever ask yourself, “What is a heat pump?” (We certainly hope so, if you’re reading this blog post.) If you’re in the market for a heating and cooling system and you’re looking at alternatives to traditional HVAC systems, you might have seen heat pumps come up as an option. And you might be wondering exactly what a heat pump is and if it’s the right choice for you.

Here’s what you need to know:

What Is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a heating and cooling unit that moves heat from one area to another. It works by absorbing heat from a cold space and releasing it into a space that is warmer. So it pulls warm air from outside and releases it inside. Because it’s moving thermal energy, even when it seems too cold outside for any warm air to be found, it is able to transfer the energy in the form of heat.

The Benefits of a Heat Pump

Heat pumps have many benefits, one of which is their energy efficiency. Heat pumps don’t burn fuel to create heat the way gas furnaces and electric HVAC systems do, so they’re highly energy efficient. According to the EPA, heat pumps can reduce energy use by up to 44% over electric HVAC systems. You can also rest easy knowing that your heating system is also eco-friendly, as it has no emissions from burning fuel.

Heat pumps are pretty amazing in how they function, and they’re often a great choice when you’re looking for an alternative to a big furnace and HVAC system.

Want to talk to an expert and ask them - what is a heat pump? Contact the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.