Heat Pumps: Efficiently Heat and Cool Your Home

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Is it possible to heat and cool your home using the same system?

You bet. A heat pump is a two-in-one system that heats and cools beautifully in our mild, maritime climate.

How does it work?

Instead of producing heat, a heat pump moves heat from one place to another, just like your refrigerator. Through the use of a compressor and refrigerant, it extracts heat energy from the outdoors and moves it indoors in cool weather and transfers heat to the outside when you need to stay cool indoors. It’s a heater and air conditioner in one.

What are the advantages?

An air-source heat pump system – also known as hybrid or dual-fuel when combined with a gas furnace – can save you money because it burns less fossil fuel and uses less energy to run than a gas furnace system alone. In fact, a heat pump can reduce your electricity use by 50 percent compared to heating your home with an electric furnace or baseboard heater.

According to Energy.gov, “heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one-quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.”

Heat pumps also reduce your carbon footprint. And high-efficiency units dehumidify more effectively than standard air conditioning units, which saves even more energy.

Is a heat pump a good choice for my home?

To find out if a heat pump is a good match for your living space, make sure to consult with a professional.

Our specialists make recommendations on the size and type of system based on a variety of factors such as the orientation of the building you live in, the number of windows in your living spaces, local weather patterns and seasonal temperatures, amount of insulation, number of occupants, and level of activity in the home.

Check out our units on our website or call us today for a consultation!

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