What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is an all-in-one heating and air conditioning system that works year-round to keep you comfortable.
How does it work?
During warmer months, a heat pump works as a normal air conditioner. It extracts heat from inside the home and transfers it to the outdoor air. In colder weather, the process reverses. The unit collects heat from the outdoor air and transfers it into your home.
Even when the air outside feels cold, the air still contains some heat. The heat pump pulls the heat from this cold outdoor air and sends it inside to warm your home. Sometimes there’s not enough heat in the outside air to meet the demand of the thermostat setting. When this happens, an electric heater supplements the outdoor air to warm the home. Extremely efficient, this process produces 2-3 times more heat than the energy it uses.
Heat pump as back-up
A heat pump can also be an effective add-on option to use in conjunction with an existing gas furnace. With this dual-fuel option, the two systems share the heating load but never function at the same time. Each system operates when it is most cost-effective. The heat pump will be the primary heating and cooling system. When the temperature drops below the heat pump’s ability to operate as efficiently as the gas furnace, the gas furnace will take over. The furnace runs until the temperature rises enough for the heat pump to operate more efficiently.