Heat Pump Installation: What to Expect

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Want to know what to expect when having a heat pump installed in your home? Learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of installing a heat pump for your home.

When it’s warm outside, you want to keep your home at the perfect temperature. A heat pump can help you accomplish that by supplying your house with cooler air during the summer and warmer air in the winter. Read on for information about what to expect when having a heat pump installed at your home, as well as its benefits and drawbacks so that you can make an informed decision if this is right for you.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is a machine that uses the temperature difference between inside and outside to heat or cool the air in your living space. It does this in an energy efficient way but either removing warm air from your home, or drawing it in (even in cold temperatures). These units are thermostatically controlled and can be controlled manually from inside the house (with a thermostat) like a regular furnace. However, there are many advantages of using a heat pump over a furnace: The most important benefit of a heat pump is energy efficiency.

When compared to traditional furnaces, the heat pump is up to 50% more efficient, meaning the heat pump produces less heat energy than is used by the unit. This means less heat being generated and less energy used, resulting in lower annual costs. The next most important benefit is that the heat pump can be used almost year-round. It can cool an entire house during the summer months and heat the house during the winter months.

The benefits of a heat pump

There are many benefits of a heat pump. These include the fact that a heat pump can be used almost year-round, which means no matter what the weather is like you can keep your home at a comfortable temperature. 

Another important benefit of a heat pump is that they can be used almost anywhere, even in areas that are very sunny, which makes them a great choice in areas where solar panels are not cost-effective. Heat pumps are very cost-effective to install and maintain, and can serve as a backup source of heating in the event of a power outage.

The drawbacks of a heat pump

While heat pumps provide many benefits, they also come with some drawbacks. These include the fact that they don’t heat as well as a furnace, so they may be necessary to supplement a furnace in a poorly insulated house. Also, they are more expensive to install than furnaces, and in some areas of the country they can be more expensive to operate than a furnace.

How a Heat Pump Works

A regular furnace will usually burn natural gas or oil to produce heat which is then distributed throughout your home. A heat-pump however takes hot air from outside the house and blows it into the vents to warm the house. Conversely, the work the opposite way to remove heat from your home.

There are several different types of heat pumps to choose from and they can be used almost anywhere you have a building that has an exterior wall. Traditionally, heat pumps have been used only in commercial buildings, but they have recently become more popular in residential buildings as well.

Installing a Heat Pump System

In order to get the most out of your investment, it is important to follow the installation guidelines. Before the installers can begin, your installation professional will first perform calculations to determine the kind of unit(s) you will need to efficiently control your home’s temperature.

There are two common systems that are usually installed. For heating and cooling your entire home, it’s common to install heat pump systems in the attic of your home. From that heat pump, they will run ducts to the different zones of the home you wish to heat and cool. On the main level, it will look like a central heating/cooling duct.

The other option is to mount a heat pump on the outside facing wall of a room. The pump will connect to a larger unit outside on the opposing side of the wall. This is a great solution if you already have a full central heating/cooling system but require a heat pump for a particular room that isn’t connected to your full system.

Heat pumps are controlled by wall mounted thermostats (or mobile apps), similarly to most home heating systems.

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