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The Heat Pump: Is It a Good Choice for Your Home?

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Homeowners often make changes to their home’s HVAC system during the fall to prepare for the coming winter. Although we don’t usually have the most brutal winters in Dallas, we’ve definitely experienced a few deep cold snaps in recent years. We recommend all our customers have a solid, reliable heating system that’s ready to go before winter. 

If you’re currently considering a new heating installation, a heat pump may be on your list of potential systems. Although heat pumps aren’t new technology, they may be new to you, and you might wonder if a heat pump is a good choice. 

Below we’ll look at some of the benefits of a heat pump, but you’ll need to work with a professional HVAC contractor to come to the right decision for your home comfort. 

Heat Pumps Offer Heating and Cooling

This is the property of heat pumps that most draws homeowners: they work as both a cooling and heating system. A home doesn’t need to have a separate AC and furnace—a single heat pump will do the job around the year.

How does this work? The simple way to describe it is that a heat pump is an air conditioner that can switch the direction it moves heat. An AC cools air in a house by removing the heat from the air and exhausting it outside. A heat pump can do this, but it can also reverse the direction of heat exchange so it removes heat from the air outside and then exhausts it inside the house. In most other ways, a heat pump operates the same as an air conditioner and looks almost identical to one. If your home has used a central AC before, the AC can be easily exchanged for a heat pump.

Heat Pumps Can Help Save on Heating Costs

In cooling mode, a heat pump operates at the same energy efficiency of an air conditioner that’s the same size. The difference in energy efficiency comes in heating mode: compared to an electric furnace, a heat pump costs less to run. This is because a heat pump only consumes electricity to move heat from one place to another, while an electric furnace must use the electricity to generate heat directly. A heat pump can operate at 3 to 4 times greater efficiency than an electric furnace. This makes heat pumps especially attractive to all-electric homes that can’t use a gas furnace.

Yes, Heat Pumps Can Work in Cold Weather

“Where is the heat pump getting outdoor heat if it’s running in cold weather?” you’re probably wondering. There’s also heat in the air, no matter how cold it gets, and modern heat pumps can continue to operate efficiently down to freezing temperatures. This makes them ideal for Texas, where we rarely have such low winter temperatures. 

Heat pumps do have some drawbacks, and they aren’t suited to every home. Our technicians can help you decide if a heat pump will meet your needs or if another type of heating system is the ideal match. All of our work is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee—it’s at the core of how we do business.

Boone’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been doing the right thing for over 50 years. Call us if you want a great heating installation in Plano, TX, or elsewhere in the North Dallas Metroplex.

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