What the Heck Are Heat Pumps?
If you’ve been keeping up with sustainable energy news, you’ve probably heard people talking about heat pumps. But what are they exactly? You know they’re “better,” but how and why?
Heat pumps can be a great alternative to traditional gas or electric heating systems, but they won’t work for everybody. Typically, heat pumps use wind or solar energy for heat.
Here’s how they work: a heat pump water heater pulls warmth from the air (even if the air is cool), compresses the warm air to increase its temperature, and then pumps this heat through condenser coils that transfer heat to the water in a storage tank.
This can cut your energy usage (and there by costs) by a factor of 3 or 4, especially if you are already using solar or time-of-use rated electricity. The heat pump uses far less energy because it is transferring heat as opposed to creating it.
This is exciting, as it lets you control when you are using your energy yourself. You can replace your hot water heater, furnace, cooling system and clothes dryer with a heat pump.
If you have questions about heat pumps or other types of heating and cooling systems for your home, now is the time to ask. Waiting until you have a heating or cooling emergency is not the time to do your research to make sure you are getting the right appliance for your home.
Luckily, the experts at Innovative Heating and Cooling are here to help. Our favorite thing to do is come up with creative, personalized solutions for your problems, especially if it involves energy efficiency.