What Exactly is a Heat Pump and Why Should You Get One?

While on the hunt for your next HVAC system, you might have scratched your head in confusion as you scanned all of the different systems available to consumers. So, what exactly is a heat pump? And why should you purchase one for your space? We explore all of this in this blog post.

So, what exactly is a heat pump?
Before we can fully delve into why and how you should purchase a heat pump, it's first essential to define precisely what a heat pump is and how one can benefit from its unique qualities. For starters, heat pumps essentially move hot air around to suit each season of operation. So, in the summer, a heat pump works to remove the hot air from your home and, in the winter, works to take whatever warm air is present outside and bring it into your home. Technically speaking, a heat pump is a mechanical compression cycle refrigeration system that can be used to either heat or cool a space. 
Heat pumps have two major components: an indoor air handler and an outdoor unit that is similar to a central air conditioner. It's the compressor within the outdoor unit that circulates the refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units. 
How does a heat pump differ from an air conditioner or a furnace?
At their core, air conditioners and heat pumps use the same technology to cool your home. In fact, a heat pump goes above and beyond that of a typical air conditioner because it can also heat your home. The main difference between a gas furnace and a heat pump is how they create heat. A furnace burns fuel to generate heat, while a heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. From this, we can likely deduce that heat pumps are more energy-efficient and kinder to the environment as they use electricity. 
Why should you purchase a heat pump?
Do you live in a moderate climate? Does it rarely get below 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit in the area in which you live? If so, you should look into purchasing a heat pump to heat and cool your home. And, as we stated before, a heat pump is more environmentally friendly because it requires no fossil fuels to heat your home. However, depending on the cost of electricity and natural gas/propane in your area, it might actually cost more to heat or cool your home using a heat pump. On the flip side of this, though, heat pumps are often less expensive to purchase than other alternatives. 
The takeaway? Those living in milder climates can benefit from the many redeeming qualities of the heat pump. Start shopping for your new heat pump at the Factory Furnace Outlet today!