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April 25, 2023

Benefits of a Heat Pump System

Indoor comfort is critical, as is energy efficiency. Your HVAC system is a major energy consumer and source of high energy bills. A heat pump system is an effective and efficient way to control temperature and humidity. Your heat pump will run at peak efficiency when combined with a modulated furnace.

Benefits of a Heat Pump System

How Heat Pump Systems Work

Heat pumps are particularly effective in dealing with varying outdoor temperatures. While they function as efficiently as modern air conditioning units when cooling, their true benefits are realized during colder weather. Compared to a traditional furnace, a heat pump can provide energy savings. During the winter season, heat pumps draw heat from the outdoor air (or ground) and transfer it indoors to circulate through your ductwork. Since it does not generate the heat itself, significant energy is conserved. If you combine a heat pump with a modulated furnace that runs consistently at a low speed, extremely cold temperatures can be more easily managed. During the summer, the process is reversed, with heat extracted from indoor air and transferred outside to naturally lower the interior temperature.

This heat extraction process allows for the use of a single system to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, eliminating the need for both heating and cooling systems. Apart from the savings from purchasing a single unit, maintenance, and repairs are also limited to a single system.

Types of Heat Pump Systems

There are three types of heat pumps that are commonly used to heat and cool homes and businesses throughout the area. They each rely on a different heat source to supply the energy required to regulate indoor temperatures.

Air Source Heat Pump

The air source heat pump is the most common type of heat pump system. It has the same footprint as a central air conditioner and is the most affordable option. Depending on the season, the system extracts heat energy from the air inside or outside and uses it to regulate your indoor temperature. They are more energy efficient than a standard split heating and cooling system.

Ground Source Heat Pump

Ground-source heat pumps, also known as geothermal heat pumps, derive their heat energy from the earth’s constant temperature. There are several variations of this type of heat pump system, but they all rely on a loop of underground piping to extract heat from the ground. They are extremely efficient systems, but they are difficult to install.

Water Source Heat Pump

Water-source heat pumps are frequently less difficult to install than other geothermal heat pump systems. You must, however, have a pond, lake, or other large body of water on your property. Because water retains heat well, it can be used as an efficient source of heat energy to power heating and cooling systems in homes and businesses.

Choose Gold Star for Reliable HVAC Services

For many years, we have provided dependable heating and air conditioning services to homeowners in the Delaware Valley. Our knowledgeable HVAC technicians are available to answer any questions you may have about installing a new heat pump system. We will gladly walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each type of HVAC system so that you can make the best decision for your needs. Schedule a free estimate or give us a call at 1-302-947-8694 to get started.

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