If you’re in the market for a new heating system this fall, the number of options can be a little overwhelming. The more you know about each option, though, the better equipped you’ll be to make a decision. With that in mind, let’s take a look at heat pumps and the advantages they offer.
What is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a system that does not burn fuel to create heat. Instead, it evaporates refrigerant to move preexisting heat from one place to another. There are two units that make up a heat pump, one installed inside and one outside. When in heating mode, the outside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy and transports it inside. There, the inside unit condenses the refrigerant back into a liquid to release the heat into the home.
The Advantages of Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are unusual heating systems in more ways than one. For example, they include a part called a “reversing valve” that makes it possible for them to reverse the flow of refrigerant through their systems. This enables them to act as both heaters and air conditioners. With a heat pump, you don’t have to spend money or space on another climate control system.
Heat pumps are also much more energy efficient than traditional heating systems, since they don’t burn fuel to regulate heat. You’ll save quite a bit of money over time by using a heat pump over another system.
If you’d like to know more about heat pumps, call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We offer a full range of heat pump services throughout Potomac, MD.