In general, people seem to either be big fans of heat pumps or thoroughly confused by them so we are going to break down the pros and cons of using a heat pump.
Pros of a Heat Pump
High Efficiency – The most common kind of heat pumps are Air Source Heat Pumps and they are far more efficient than the newest, most efficient gas furnaces. A gas furnaces’ efficiency comes from how much heat it can extract from the burning gas. An electric heat pump does not heat the air so it is not limited in its efficiency the same way a gas furnace is. Many of today’s heat pumps run between 170 and 330 percent efficiency, depending on outside temperatures, while even the most efficient gas furnaces run at about 97 percent efficiency.
Year-round comfort – a heat pump provides both heating and cooling so you do not need two separate systems, which is less equipment that has the potential to break down.
Summer dehumidification – heat pumps are natural dehumidifiers during the summer. While some regions and homes have more moisture than others there is always some humidity that needs to be removed.
Environmentally friendly – because heat pumps use significantly less energy than other options out there it is an environmentally sound investment, it also helps that you will not need to run a separate dehumidifier because the heat pump is also doing that for you.
Cons of a Heat Pump
While there are some pretty amazing pros to using heat pumps, there are some definite down sides to using one as well.
Noise – Heat pumps are not quiet. There are two fans located on a heat pump, an indoor air handler/blower and an outdoor condenser/compressor. The noise from the fans is often a homeowner complaint.
Drafts of air – Another homeowner complaint is that air drafts can occur in their home. If possible, arrange the furniture that you use the most away from air vents, that way when there is an air draft it will disturb you as little as possible.
Cold months mean less efficient – As stated in the “pro” section heat pumps are efficient except for when the temperature outside is extremely cold, once it drops below 45 degrees an auxiliary heating element will kick on. Having to use the backup element can get expensive if it has to be used more than a few times a year.
If you need help deciding whether a heat pump is a good fit for your home, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089. Let the experts evaluate your home and your needs to find the best source of heat for your home.