When you’re looking to replace a faulty AC system, your first thought is probably to replace your old unit with a newer but comparable model. It can be hard to have the drive to do extensive research when your AC unit is on the decline or already inoperative and the summer temperatures are steadily rising. Heat pumps offer an excellent alternative!
Heat pumps provide year-round, high efficiency, low cost comfort while leaving a smaller environmental footprint. Heat pumps are one of the best alternatives to conventional air conditioning in Denver, IA.
How Do They Work?
The key difference between standard AC and a heat pump is the heat pump’s reversing valve. This valve allows heating and cooling. It cools by absorbing the hot air inside a space and moving it outside and heats by taking the hot air from outside and pulling it inside.
The Benefits of a Heat Pump
If you’re sweltering in the middle of the summer, the sound of the term “heat pump” might not be appealing, but here are a few compelling reasons why you should make the switch:
- Cost: Heat pumps are best known for being a cost-effective alternative to traditional furnace heating. This reputation rings true. If you’re upgrading from a furnace the investment will pay for itself within a matter of a few short years.
- Practicality: Heat pumps can heat, cool, and even help dehumidify a home. A big advantage of a heat pump setup is that they can be used year-round to moderately adjust temperatures in your home.
- Flexibility: There are several types of heat pumps including air source, geothermal, ductless, and absorption pumps that can accommodate almost any home.
- Air-source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump. They move hot air in or out of a home based on the desired temperature. Up until recently, air source heat pumps couldn’t be used in places with extreme weather conditions. Now the technology has advanced so they can be used in almost climate.
- Geothermal heat pumps are ground or water sourced heat pumps that use the temperature of the earth as the cooling or heating medium rather than the outside air. This technology works because no matter how extreme the temperatures are above ground, the temperature a few feet below the ground remain relatively mild and constant.
- Ductless heat pumps, also known as “mini splits,” are like traditional air source pumps but they require a much smaller space to install. These units are typically installed where standard size air-source pumps are not spatially feasible.
- Absorption heat pumps are air source pumps that are powered by a heat source rather than electricity. These heat pumps are less common, but can be powered by any heat source (propane, natural gas, and solar or geothermal heated water) and are most often put in homes that don’t have an electricity source.