How Heat Pumps Can Save You Money All Year Long
If you are interested in lowering the energy costs of your Mountain View home, it’s important to remember that heating and cooling your home probably accounts for around half of your overall utility costs. Fortunately, though, heat pumps can eliminate much of the energy that you use for both heating and cooling.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), if you currently heat your home with electricity, you could save as much as 30-40% of the energy you use by switching to a heat pump. The DOE also notes that heat pumps are better dehumidifying air than standard central air conditioners, which can help you improve the energy efficiency of your home during the summer months. Heat pumps can be used for cooling during the summer and for heating during the winter months, so they can save you money throughout the year.
At All Heating & Air Conditioning, our heating contractors can help you decide if switching to a heat pump is a good choice for your Mountain View home, and we can also provide you with any heating repairs you may need.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Whereas a furnace uses gas or oil to literally create heat, heat pumps extract heat from the outdoors. A refrigerator works just like a heat pump: it removes heat from the air inside the refrigerator and moves it to the coils on the outside (this is why you feel warm air coming from the bottom of your refrigerator).
Heat pumps use this same principle to extract heat either from outdoor air or from underground and move it into your Mountain View home. There are two types of heat pumps:
- Air-source heat pumps extract heat from the outside air. They are able to extract this heat even when it’s very cold out.
- Ground-source (or geothermal) heat pumps extract warmth from the ground, which maintains a temperature of around 55° F regardless of the outside temperatures. Flexible pipes are buried at around six feet beneath the ground. These pipes are filled with a liquid that absorbs heat from the ground and transfers it back into your home.
Ground-source heat pumps typically cost more to install than air-source heat pumps, but they’re also much more efficient and effective at heating your home in lower temperatures.
If I Install a Heat Pump, Will I Still Need My Air Conditioner?
This is one of the best advantages that a heat pump can offer you. Heat pumps are an excellent way to heat your home during the colder parts of the year, and they can also keep your Mountain View home cool in the summer. During the summer months, heat pumps will extract heat from your home and move it ourside.
All you’ll need to do is change the settings on your t hermostat and your heat pump will go from heating your home to cooling it. Additionally, a ground-source heat pump can cool your home for around half the cost of a traditional air conditioner.