You might have already heard us talk enough this year about heat pumps, but we rarely compare heat pumps to other heating systems. Today, we’d like to talk about one of the cool reasons why homeowners are starting to switch to heat pumps, and that’s their ability to efficiently move heat instead of creating it.
Even when temperatures drop, there’s still heat in the environment around us. There’s just not enough heat for us to feel it and stay comfortable. In our warmer and more mild climate, heat pumps have a distinct advantage over other heating systems, and that’s their ability to move the heat that’s abundant in our atmosphere and propel it into your home where you can feel it.
Let’s learn about this unique type of HVAC in Palm Bay, FL, and don’t forget to call us if you need help!
How a Heat Pump Works
Heat pumps don’t burn fuel to create heat like other heating systems or fireplaces. Instead, they use lines of pressurized refrigerant that evaporates and condenses in a cycle. This cycle draws heat in from the atmosphere and then disperses it when the refrigerant is inside your home. As it continues to cycle like this, you get more and more heat in your home. Also, this process can run in reverse during the summer so a heat pump can remove excess heat from your house and keep things cool and comfortable!
The Energy Intensity of Moving Heat
Imagine you’re going to cook dinner for your family. If you had to get all of the ingredients from scratch, the meal would probably take hours to prepare. You’d have to find the right cut of meat to prepare, you’d have to find fresh fruit, and even then, you’d spend hours just making bread dough for a simple side dish. The fact of the matter is that using things like leftovers and canned goods is a great way to save time and energy while you spend your efforts on the more important aspects of a home-cooked meal.
Heating a home is the same principle in action. Creating heat like a furnace does is similar to creating a home-cooked meal from scratch. It’s a lot more energy-intensive. The truth is that heat exists in the atmosphere already, and heat pumps are able to draw in that heat and compile it into your home so that you can feel it. This process takes a lot less energy and it’s extremely effective in warmer climates, or climates with mild seasons.
Heat Pumps Are the Way of the Future
In colder climates, furnaces will be the go-to system for the foreseeable future. There’s just not enough heat in the winter environment to efficiently remove it and disperse it in a house.
However, in our neck of the woods, heat pumps are quickly becoming the heating system of choice for homeowners who want high energy efficiency. Keep costs low, comfort high, and stay innovative by investing in a heat pump system for your home!