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Should You Invest in a Heat Pump this Summer?

heat-pump-summer-investThis time of the year is typically when most homeowners in the area begin to focus on getting their homes ready for the warmest part of the year. For many, this means scheduling preventive maintenance to ensure their air conditioning units are ready to do their job.

For others, it may mean replacing an aging system. If you’re in the market for a new cooling system, you don’t have to settle for the same system you already have—there are many options available to you now. For example, you may do well to consider an Evansdale, IA heat pump installation.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

You may be wondering why we’re recommending something called a heat pump for your cooling needs. Heat pumps are actually very similar to a traditional split-system air conditioner though. There are a couple important differences that make these systems a very efficient cooling and heating source, though. Heat pumps function by evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat back and forth, like a traditional AC system.

The main difference, however, is that a heat pump contains a reversing valve, which enables the heat pump to reverse the direction in which refrigerant flows through it in order to provide both cooling during the summer and heating during the winter. Many homeowners invest in a heat pump primarily for this reason. While it’s certainly a valid one, this isn’t the only benefit of such a system.

The Benefits of a Heat Pump

Because this is a two-in-one, year-round HVAC system, you save space by default. You don’t need to make room for a bulky central air conditioner AND a furnace or boiler. Instead you can use a heat pump only, for all of your heating and cooling needs.

Heat pumps are also considerably more efficient than a traditional system, particularly a furnace. Since heat pumps don’t burn any type of fuel to generate heat—they siphon thermal energy from the air outside and vent it inside—it doesn’t take up as much energy to use, thus saving you money.

Are There Any Disadvantages?

Of course—there are pros and cons to any type of HVAC system you may have installed. You want to ensure that you have a system that matches the specific needs of you and your home. A heat pump cools very efficiently, but can struggle during extremely cold weather, sometimes warranting the need for a backup heater.

We have many options when it comes to choosing the right type of heating system for your home and needs. We’ll be happy to go over these options and help you make an educated decision about whether or not a heat pump is the right choice for you. And don’t forget about us if your current heat pump needs maintenance or repairs—we do that too!

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. your comfort is our promise. To set up an appointment, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online.

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