There are many different types of residential heating and cooling systems. However, heat pumps have become increasingly popular because of their versatility and energy efficiency. Instead of generating heat from the electricity they use, heat pumps draw it from other sources, such as the ground or outside air. The heat gathered is then transferred inside the home via refrigerant line. During warmer weather, they can reverse the process to cool living spaces. However, there are still some misconceptions surrounding them, which the guide below seeks to correct.
What Are Common Misconceptions About Heat Pumps?
1. Too Noisy
While older models were noisier, advancements in technology have quieted them substantially. Consider buying one with a sound output of between 40 and 50 decibels. As long as it’s been installed properly, it should be near-silent. If your unit is making substantial noise, you should call a heating and cooling professional to perform an inspection.
2. Not as Effective in Very Cold Weather
Some people believe heat pumps are only suitable for mild winters because they have to draw their heat from elsewhere. However, newer models are equipped with new compressor technology that enables the heat pump to deliver sufficient heat in temperatures below zero degrees. If you live in an especially cold area, you may consider using a ground-source heat pump rather than one that draws heat from the air, since underground temperatures remain more stable.
3. Difficult to Install
If you already have a traditional, forced-air furnace and air conditioner in place, you might think it’s simpler to replace them with similar units when they break down. While heat pumps are complex systems operationally, they can be physically installed almost as easily as an air conditioner, especially if it is an air source system.
4. Take Up Too Much Space
While there is some truth to this concern, new, efficient compressor designs have made heat pump systems smaller. The heating load requires the use of larger coils (for an air source system) outside that looks like a slightly oversized air conditioner condenser. If the heat pump is utilizing ground source loops, no part of the system is visible outside, since the loops are buried in the ground. Inside the home, a larger coil is also used. However, it is hidden within the furnace’s plenum or the air handler housing. Additionally, modern ductless heat pumps use smaller, individual coils in decorative cabinets for each area being heated and/or cooled. These coils are normally mounted high up on the walls, out of anyone’s way.
If you’re interested in switching to a heat pump system, talk to the pros at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, OH. We offer maintenance, repairs, and new installations of all kinds of residential heating and cooling systems to ensure your home remains as cozy as possible. As a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor™, we work efficiently and utilize the latest technology in our heat pump systems. Call (740) 392-5667 to schedule an appointment, or visit our website to learn more about our services.