Heat pumps are devices that use outdoor thermal energy through the refrigeration cycle to heat buildings. While their name might suggest otherwise, heat pumps can also be used for cooling. The US Department of Energy notes that heat pumps are a viable, energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioning systems.
Statistics show that approximately one percent of American homes use heat pumps. Conversely, nearly 48 percent of homes still use natural gas for heating. Gas furnaces have always been a popular option. But they have significant drawbacks compared to heat pumps. Since heat pumps don’t use gas, your utility bill will likely drop drastically. In addition, heat pumps are also safer than gas furnaces because homeowners don’t have to worry about gas leaks causing fires or explosions.
Heat pumps also have several other benefits, including producing minimal noise. Electrical heat pumps are designed to make minimal noise when operating. To illustrate this point, let’s compare them to air conditioners. The standard air conditioner generally produces 60 decibels of noise. Meanwhile, energy-efficient electrical heat pumps operate at 40 decibels, making them significantly quieter.
You might be wondering, why do more households not use heat pumps, particularly after reading their benefits? The reality is that while heat pumps have existed for a long time, their benefits haven’t always outweighed the costs for homeowners. Getting heat pumps with a 20 or above SEER rating was uncommon until recently. In addition, many homeowners often balked at their installation costs.
However, as environmental awareness grows and energy prices rise, homeowners are becoming more open-minded to other solutions, and few solutions can heat or cool your home as efficiently as heat pumps.
Why Opt for Heat Pumps?
Heat pumps are becoming more prevalent in the United States. Air-to-air heat pumps, for instance, saw annual shipments grow from 2.3 million units in 2015 to 3.4 million units in 2020. It’s also worth noting that heat pumps have considerably improved in the past decade. Typically, homeowners can use heat pumps for approximately 15 to 20 years. However, adhering to that timeline doesn’t make sense for homeowners looking to reduce utility costs and save energy.
Heat pumps have come a long way in the past two decades. Today, you’ll want to upgrade a heat pump more often than its lifespan might suggest because technology is improving rapidly. Let’s assume you have a heat pump that you purchased in 2015. Comparing that heat pump to modern-day heat pumps would be incorrect because the technology has left those heat pumps in the dust. Not only do newer heat pumps offer increased efficiency, but they also have higher SEER ratings.
Why Upgrade Your Heat Pump?
Even if you already own a heat pump, you might want to consider upgrading it for several reasons. We’ve already discussed that new heat pump models’ efficiency is far greater than older models. This efficiency upgrade also extends to their ability to provide better heating during the winter. Furthermore, modern-day heat pumps are also more efficient in cooling homes during the summers. If you’re still wondering why you should upgrade your heat pump, here are several reasons to help convince you:
Newer heat pumps provide year-round efficiency. During summers, a heat pump will remove heat from your home by moving it outside. Likewise, it’ll help your home stay warm during the winters by eliminating cold air inside your home.
Logically, newer heat pumps have a higher SEER rating because they utilize modern technology. Most heat pumps today can adequately attain a 20 or above SEER rating, meaning they’re a particularly energy-efficient alternative to gas furnaces and air conditioners.
Eliminate Cold Spots In Your Home
One of the reasons heat pumps are gaining popularity is because they’re excellent at eliminating cold spots in your home. You can install a ductless heat pump in every room of your home, meaning you don’t need to worry about some rooms being colder than others.
Most old heat pumps use fixed-stage compressors. On the flip side, newer heat pumps have transitioned to scroll compressors. Scroll compressors provide added convenience and comfort to homeowners, making them more desirable than fixed-stage compressors. These compressors allow you to adjust cooling or heating output in your home in small increments. As a result, newer heat pumps allow more precise temperature control.
Variable-Speed Blower Motor
Modern heat pumps also feature something known as variable-speed blower motors. These motors allow your heat pump to conserve energy by operating at a constant low level throughout the day. Your heat pump will only increase its operational speed when necessary to ensure your home temperature doesn’t drop several degrees below your set temperature.
Get Started with All-Electric Energy
If a heat pump upgrade is right for you, reach out to us at All Electric to schedule a consultation where we can assess your existing hardware and current setup and determine how best to improve it.