Heat pumps are often the most efficient choice when it comes to heating your home, even though they don’t produce heat. Knowing they are one of the top energy-efficient home heating sources, it got us wondering, how does a heat pump work?
Heat pumps use a small amount of energy to help continuously move air from one area to another depending on what season it is. During winter months when it’s cold outside, your heat pump extracts the warm air from outside and moves it inside. However, during summer months, your heat pump will reverse directions and extract the warm air from inside your home similar to an air conditioner.
Once the air is within your heat pump air source, the refrigerant inside your heat pump works to transfer and move the heat into its hot water tank. It’s then that the heat is distributed around your home typically using underfloor heating or radiators.
If you live in a moderate climate, heat pumps may be a better fit for you than a traditional HVAC system. Heat pumps are known to be more energy-efficient than an HVAC system due to the fact that they don’t create heat, but instead simply move heat. Additionally, installing a heat pump means you will not need to install a separate heating and air conditioning system.
If you have a heat pump in your home, here are a few tips to help maximize your pump’s performance:
- While it may be tempting to crank up your temperature setting, doing this will not help to heat your home faster. Rather, this will end up burning more energy and end up costing you more money on your heating bill. Instead, it’s encouraged to adjust your home’s temperature using a smart thermostat ahead of when you’d like your home heated by, and to turn off your heat pump when not in use.
- Contrary to belief, your heat pump does not need to be covered in the winter from the elements. Covering your heat pump can cause more harm than good by causing pest or mold problems. If snow or ice does accumulate on-top of your heat pump, it’s best to gently wipe this off the top.
- Use your emergency heat setting sparingly. Although it may seem like a quick fix to heat your home, this setting should only be used in emergency scenarios as using it is likely to increase your overall energy usage and heating bill rapidly in a short amount of time.
Heat pumps can be a great source to help experience comfort year-round. Not sure if a heat pump is right for you? Contact our team today for a complimentary, expert second option.