If you have been living in the Southwest long enough, you may have heard that a heat pump is an option for heating a home in moderate climates. But you may be wondering how exactly this type of heater works and whether it is really a better option.
A heat pump works by collecting warmth from the air, ground, or water outside and moving it into the home. This is considerably different from the way a traditional furnace works, since furnaces burn fuel to heat air.
An advantage to a heat pump is that it can be set in reverse during the summer so that it collects warmth from inside of the home and transports it outside. This allows it to double as an air conditioner.
Unlike a traditional furnace, most heat pumps can only heat a home effectively when it is not extremely cold outside. In most cases, it loses its effectiveness when the temperature outside drops below 30-40 degrees. For this reason, heat pumps come equipped with a backup system that consists of either a gas furnace or a set of electric coils. These coils work similarly to the way a toaster oven would, using electrical power to heat the air.
For more expert advice about home heating, contact us at Amarillo Air Conditioning. We have been serving the Amarillo area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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