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Like many components of your heating and cooling systems, your heat pump doesn’t usually get much consideration unless it isn’t doing what it is supposed to do. When the warm or cool air stops coming in and everyone in your house is uncomfortable, then it becomes top of mind, and attention turns to finding a solution. Since many homeowners that use heat pumps don’t even know how they work, choosing professional repair or installation is the best way to go.
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Heat Pump Basics
A heat pump works by pumping heat into your home during the colder months and pumping heat out of your house in the warmer months. Even in places with harsh winters, there is always enough energy contained in the air to bring heat into the house. The heat pump is positioned outside of the house, and uses electricity as its power source. It’s called a pump because of how it “pumps” the warm air where it needs to go, depending on the time of year.
Why Use a Heat Pump?
For homeowners that use a heat pump to transfer heat, there are a handful of benefits. In places that don’t experience extreme temperatures, heat pumps provide an energy efficient way to keep the house comfortable all year long. Greater energy efficiency means lower energy bills, which any homeowner will like.
Heat pumps also lowers the humidity inside the house, which is an attractive feature for those who live near water and don’t like high humidity levels in the heat of summer. The air that is pulled out of your home by the heat pump also passes through a filter that is designed to remove various pollutants from the air, helping to improve the air quality.
Since the heat pump is placed on the outside of the house, it won’t disrupt your life on the inside with excess noise, and since the pump works on a continuous cycle, it will always pass through the filter before it comes back into the house.
If you have a heat pump issue, don’t wait too long before you call for help.