Are heat pumps a good idea for homeowners?

Heat Pump working properly before defrost cycleMost people are looking for a way to reduce their energy costs on a month by month basis. In colder climates, it can be quite expensive to continue to heat the home throughout the winter time and to keep it at a comfortable temperature. Many of us even sacrifice our comfort to some degree or another in order to cut the costs that we are spending on our energy bill. That may not be as necessary, however, when heat pumps are used. As a matter of fact, there are many benefits that are provided through the use of heat pumps that should be considered and we will review some of those benefits in this article.

One of the primary benefits that you are going to get when installing a heat pump at your home or place of business is energy savings, which equates to financial savings. A heat pump is the most efficient way for you to heat your home in the wintertime and when you consider the fact that about half of your energy costs are going to go towards heating the home, it can really make a difference. The efficiency of the heat pump is seen in the following equation. When you spend a dollar for electricity in order to power the heat pump, you get an average of three dollars of heat in return.

Additional heat pump benefits

You will also be happy to know, a heat pump not only provides you with the heat that you need in the winter time; it also provides a central air-conditioning unit that helps to keep your home court in the summer. In that way, you are not only providing yourself and your family with comfort during the cold winter months, you are helping them to be more comfortable in the home during the summer months as well.

Of course, the amount of money that you are going to save when using heat pumps is going to vary from one household to another. In some cases, however, the savings can be quite substantial, particularly if you are currently using an electric furnace or if you're using a different type of fuel to heat your home. Of course, there may be some options that are available which would be slightly less expensive in some areas but you would be losing out on the benefits of AC in the summer.

by Bill Grote

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