Heat Pumps: Top Tips for Buying in Canal Winchester

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Heat Pumps: Top Tips for Buying in Canal Winchester

Did you notice the chill in the air this week in Canal Winchester? It’s time to break out the sweaters and extra blankets to get ready for the coming cold. For many of us, it was the first time our furnaces fired up for the year. If you want to reduce energy costs, a heat pump could make using a furnace obsolete during these milder pre-winter days.

One of the challenges of an electric furnace is the cost. It consumes a lot of energy to operate, but there may be another device that you can install as a supplement to your furnace: a heat pump. If you’re thinking about adding one of these great devices to your electric heating system, here are some buying tips.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is sort of a reverse air conditioner: it takes in cool air from the outside atmosphere and uses it to warm your home. The heat pump uses the principles of refrigeration, not carbon fuel combustion, to warm as well as cool your home.

Why are heat pumps becoming popular?

Heat pumps have been around since the 1970’s but are being used more and more to combat rising energy costs. Some of the early heat pumps that came on the market broke down frequently and were fairly noisy, but technical advances now make them much more affordable, more efficient and more reliable, adding to their popularity with Canal Winchester homeowners. Heat pumps can actually reduce energy usage from your main furnace.

What are the negatives to running a Heat Pump?

As the outside temperature drops, heat pumps need more and more energy to keep your humble abode warm. When it reaches the balance temperature, between 30 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, your home will need additional sources of heating. Electric furnaces or even a gas forced air furnace are popular choices, depending on what type of fuel (natural gas, LP gas, propane, or electric) you have available.

Do I really need a heat pump?

Installing a heat pump isn’t a necessity in Canal Winchester or southeast Columbus, but it will save money in the long run. Late fall/early winter and late spring/early summer is the ideal time to run a heat pump, before the temperatures reach their extremes. Supplementing your other heating source with a reliable, energy efficient alternative. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.

Not sure if your house would benefit from the modern technology of a heat pump? Contact Pickerington Heating & Cooling today to see if one is right for your home.