We may only be in the early stages of the heating season, but we most definitely are in the heating season. Hopefully you are not just now considering your options for a new heating system. If you are due to the need for an unexpected heating replacement, though, or if you’re thinking ahead to a planned replacement once this season is past, then the heat pump is definitely an option to consider. More and more homeowners are turning to heat pumps in Newport News, VA, and this is not at all surprising to those with an understanding of how these systems work. We encourage you to read the following information, and to contact House Call Company with any questions that you may have regarding the use of a heat pump in your home.
What Sets the Heat Pump Apart?
A furnace or boiler is going to use either gas, propane, or oil in order to generate heat. With a heat pump, though, heat is not really generated. Instead, the heat pump utilizes a heat transfer process in order to use existing heat in the air outside in order to warm the interior of one’s living space. It does so via a refrigerant cycle. Essentially, the heat pump heats a home in the opposite manner of the way in which an AC cools one. Refrigerant in the system absorbs heat from the air outside. This refrigerant is then compressed, its thermal energy boosted, and that heat is then used to heat air for distribution throughout the house.
Benefits of Heating a Home with a Heat Pump
Because a heat pump uses only a very small amount of electricity in heating a home, it operates very efficiently, generating substantial heat with minimal energy expenditure. This also results in very affordable heating. Plus, a component called a reversing valve actually allows the heat pump to reverse its refrigerant cycle. As hinted at above, this actually means that your heat pump can double as an air conditioner in the summer months. Let us know if you think that a heat pump is the right home comfort system for you.