The heating season is in full swing, and for some, it may be time to replace the old heating system. Air-source, ducted heat pump systems have been an efficient and reliable option for year-round comfort for many years. However, there are a number of misconceptions that have followed heat pumps through the years. Short Pump Heating & Air is here to bust those myths so you can make an informed decision about your comfort.
MYTH #1: GAS FURNACES ARE MORE COMFORTABLE Myth Busted: While gas furnaces tend to deliver higher temperature air from the heat vents, many newer heat pumps have closed the gap. If you live in a colder environment, electric heat pumps are great in combination with your oil or gas furnace, improving energy efficiency and resulting in significant savings on your overall heating costs.
MYTH #2: GAS FURNACES ARE MORE EFFICIENT Myth Busted: During milder conditions, a heat pump can be the more efficient option, depending on your local utility costs. That’s why a number of manufacturers are promoting Hybrid Heat systems, which combine an air-source heat pump with a gas furnace and allow the system to choose the more efficient heating source for current conditions.
MYTH #3: COLD CLIMATE, COLD HOME Myth Busted: Many people believe heat pumps can’t deliver the heat in colder climates. However, newer heat pump technology can provide efficient, reliable heating comfort even when it’s 15° below zero (Fahrenheit). That’s plenty of heating comfort for most parts of the country.
MYTH #4: HEAT PUMPS ARE JUST FOR HEATING Myth Busted: While the name lends itself to this misconception, heat pumps provide both heating AND cooling. They are heat pumps because they can effectively move heat INTO your home during the heating season, then reverse the process to move heat (and some humidity) OUT of your home during the cooling season.
MYTH #5: HEAT PUMPS ARE NOISY Myth Busted: While it’s true that early heat pump models did tend to be a bit noisy, today’s heat pumps have pretty much solved the problem. Short Pump Heating & Air offers great options for variable-speed heat pumps with sound ratings as low as 55 decibels.
As you consider your many options, remember that with any new heating and cooling system, professional installation by Short Pump Heating & Air can be the key to achieving the performance, efficiency, and comfort you expect! Call 804-364-9040 today for a free estimate or to speak with one of our expert technicians about your home’s heating system.