7 Things You Didn’t Know About Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a high-efficiency answer to indoor comfort which makes them ideal for the Arizona desert climate. As one of the most energy efficient systems for your home, you will see big savings and impacts to indoor air quality. You may not have heard a lot of information on the benefits of installing a heat pump, so the professionals at Larson Air Conditioning are here to help. Read on to learn some of the unknown facts about heat pumps so you can determine if it is the right solution for your home.

1. They can be used for both cooling and heating your home

It may surprise you that heat pumps can be used to cool your home just as efficiently as they can heat it. A heat pump works by pulling the heat from the outdoors into your home. Even on a freezing winter day, the heat pump can pull hot air indoors, without having to generate any heat on its own. When it is warm outside, your heat pump is able to reverse this process and pull the heat out of your house to the outdoors to cool down your space. This means the heat pump can be used year-round without additional strain on the system.

2. They have a long lifespan

The upfront investment of a heat pump is well worth it when you consider the long lifespan of the system. The life expectancy can vary depending on several factors, including the model of heat pump, your location and climate, and how well the system has been maintained. A well-maintained heat pump can last on average over 15 years, or more for newer models on the market.  This long lifespan means less frequent repairs and replacements, so you are getting the most out of the money spent for installation.

3. They use less energy

Heat pumps use less energy because they move heat around rather than generating it on its own. This efficiency can reduce energy usage by 50% compared to electric heating sources, such as furnaces. This reduction in energy usage can reduce carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere and can be a greener solution for your home. Central air-conditioners and heat pump cooling efficiency is measured by the standard of its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Heat pumps generally have a high-SEER value which validates that it can optimize efficiency in your home. Larson’s qualified technicians can break down energy savings with specific units you may choose for your home.

4. They can lower your utility bills

Although the initial investment of a heat pump may come with a higher upfront cost, the savings to follow will prove to be well worth it. Since your heat pump is using less energy to operate, you can see increased savings throughout the year on your utility bills. On average, heat pumps can operate at a quarter of the cost of traditional heating and cooling systems due to their energy efficiencies.  These savings overtime can add up to show significant decreases to your energy bills.

5. They are good for managing humidity

Even in the dry winter months, it is still important to manage the humidity levels within your home to help improve your indoor air quality. Excessive humidity indoors can make it less comfortable or stuffy in your home. Heat pumps work to draw the excess moisture out of the air to help regulate the humidity inside. By reducing the humidity levels, your home can feel more comfortable without having to adjust your thermostat. This can also help you reduce energy usage and prevent your HVAC system from working harder than it needs to.

6. They need to be maintained

As with all types of cooling and heating equipment, heat pumps need to be properly maintained to extend their lifespan and to work properly. However, your heat pump can be relatively low maintenance compared to other HVAC systems. There are some steps you can take on your own to prolong the longevity of your heat pump such as regularly cleaning or replacing the air filters and keeping the coils clean. The best way to extend your system’s lifecycle is through regular professional maintenance which will include heat pump service, tune-ups, and seasonal inspections.

Larson’s Cool Club maintenance plan includes routine inspections and tune-ups, priority repair scheduling, and VIP discounts. Our 24-point maintenance visits include Larson’s NATE-certified comfort specialists that will check your HVAC units top to bottom. No other local contractor performs a comparable tune-up! 

7. They come in single- or multi-zone options

Another benefit you may not have considered is that heat pumps have both single- or multi-zone options. This means that, depending upon the space or area of your home, you can select the type of heat pump that will work best for you. A single-zone heat pump is a unit that has one indoor and one outdoor head to transfer heat. This can be more effective in smaller spaces or if you are just looking for the heat pump to cater to one specific area of your home. On the other hand, a multi-zone heat pump has one outdoor mechanical unit with several indoor air handlers connected. This can help with efficiencies of your system by having one central unit outside while still reaping the benefits in multiple areas of your home.

Larson certified specialists will be able to recommend the best style and size heat pump for your home to ensure you are getting maximum efficiency, savings, and performance.

Trust the Experts at Larson Air Conditioning

Larson’s qualified technicians are readily available to answer any questions or provide solutions for all of your HVAC systems. Providing five-star service that’s earned us an A+ accredited BBB rating, our NATE-certified experts arrive promptly, care for your home, and fully guarantee our work. Contact us today for any of your HVAC needs or to request a heat pump estimate.

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