Choosing the Right System for Your Home

Just as homes can come in a variety of designs and sizes, so too do HVAC systems. That’s why it’s important to know your options when it comes to choosing the heating or cooling system to fit your   individual situation.

Many houses in the Virginia peninsula rely on both an air conditioner and a furnace to maintain the temperature within their home. But what if you wanted to combine these two heating and cooling functions into a single, energy efficient unit? For that, you would need a heat pump.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump works off the same principles as a traditional air conditioner, meaning it transfers heat from one area to another, except that a heat pump is also capable of running in reverse. So in the warmer months, the system pulls heat out of the air inside your house and transfers it outside, thereby making the air inside cooler. Then when it gets cold, the system pulls heat from the air outside your house and pumps it into the space inside your house.

What are the Benefits of a Heat Pump?

Heat pumps offer a number of benefits to energy conscious homeowners:

  • More Energy Efficient – As heat pumps rely on electricity to move heat instead of generating heat internally, they tend to be more energy efficient than traditional furnaces and air conditioners, up to 400% in some cases. Multistage and variable stage invertor units are typically the most efficient, as they can regulate the level of heating and cooling as needed.
  • Reliable Technology – Heat pump technology has been around for a while now, and a quality heat pump can easily last as long as a new air conditioner.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Heat pumps are also more environmentally friendly as they do not burn fossil fuels in order to function.

How Do I Choose What’s Right for Me?

The two major concerns when deciding between a heat pump and a furnace are fuel costs and availability, as well as the average winter temperature in your area. Fuel prices and availability may vary greatly depending on where your home is located. This means you should always check your local availability for the fuel in question when making a purchase decision.

Second, as heat pumps rely on drawing in heat from the outside air, some single and multistage units may not function as well in extremely cold temperatures. However the fact that most heat pumps are fitted with supplemental heat sources, as well as the ability of high-end, variable stage invertors to maintain their temperature even at near subzero, makes a heat pump a reliable and efficient choice for Virginia homeowners.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pump systems use thermal energy drawn from beneath the earth’s surface, or from ponds or underground aquifers, to efficiently cool and heat your home. This allows the system to draw heat from these sources during the winter, and use them as a heat sinks during the summer, all while avoiding relying on outside air temperature to keep your home comfortable year-round. The fact that geothermal heat pumps are also able to function without supplemental heat sources makes the potential cost savings even greater.

When properly maintained, a quality heat pump will help keep your house comfortable all year round. However, if your system ever does have a problem, A/C Master’s professionally trained and certified technicians are here to help.

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