A heat pump is essential for people who are striving to lower their energy bills. It is a climate control system that regulates indoor air and keeps it at a sustainable temperature. It uses less energy, unlike the typical heating and cooling systems available today. Keep on reading to find out more about the benefits of heat pumps and answers to the commonly asked questions about them.
Heat pumps have become a necessity of the modern era. Here are some of their benefits:
Efficiency. A heat pump works by transmitting heat from a hotter area to colder areas. This means that it doesn’t waste energy by heating the air directly.
Safety. Heat pumps are considered much safer to use than combustion systems.
Cost-efficient. Over time, heat pumps can save you a lot of money on your energy bill, unlike gas and oil boilers which are expensive.
Friendly to the environment: Heat pumps use the energy from the surrounding air to regulate temperatures in your home, which reduces emissions.
Maintenance. Heat pumps generally require less maintenance compared to combustion systems.
Reliability. Heat pumps are considered a reliable source of heating and last on average 15 years.
How much do heat pumps cost?
Heat pumps’ cost varies according to the size and model of the system and whether they are ducted or ductless. The cost can range from a few thousand dollars to several thousands.
Are heat pumps energy efficient?
Heat pumps transfer warm air from hotter areas to cooler ones. In the process, heat pumps use less energy compared to conventional heating systems that transfer heat by directly heating the air.
How much space do heat pumps take up?
Heat pumps are big enough to need a dedicated space of about 24 inches on all sides of the heat pump system, as the fan in the heat pump must have proper air flow to do this job. Also make sure that there is nothing obstructing the area like plants or fences.
What is the warranty?
The warranty period for heat pumps varies. If you buy a heat pump from Coastal Heat Pumps it can be up to 12 years depending on the heat pump manufacturer. Other places may have different warranty policies. You can ask your supplier for this information or look for it in the product manual.
Can it also cool my home in the summer?
One of the main advantages of heat pumps over conventional heating systems is that they can also cool your home like air conditioners. They do this by reversing the function, which is to draw heat away during the summer months.
What is a defrost cycle?
A defrost cycle is a function in the system that automatically removes the frost build-up in the heating coils. The defrost cycle typically runs for 10 to 20 minutes and can run more than once a day, depending on the weather conditions. This process is normal, and the heat pump will resume operation after that.
What is the maintenance for a heat pump?
Maintenance activities of heat pumps vary depending on the system you have. It is advisable to check the manual provided with your heat pump for specific maintenance tasks. However, you can generally maintain your system periodically by checking the outdoor unit for malfunctions and dirt build-up. Cleaning the coils is also crucial to remove any dust accumulation and you will want to clean your filter on a regular basis. It is also recommended to have a company perform an annual maintenance to ensure the unit is running optimally.
Heat pumps are more efficient, reliable, and safer than conventional heating systems. They save you money on energy bills by only transferring the heat instead of directly heating the air in a room. At Coastal Heat Pumps, we provide you with top systems and the best warranty on the market. Contact us today for an in-home estimate and install a heat pump to keep your home temperature regulated and comfortable!