Greensboro residents are often confused about the variety of systems that can be used in order to maintain residential interior air temperature. There are heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps among other things. Many homeowners do not know the difference between a heat pump and a furnace. This lack of knowledge impedes Greensboro homeowners from making the right choice when it comes to their residential heating and cooling needs.
The heating and cooling contractors at Pro Plumbing Heating & Air have the knowledge and experience you need when deciding upon which system to choose. They are intimately familiar with heat pumps from installation to maintenance, repair and replacement. Their experts have provided Greensboro residents with the following basic guide heat pump technology.
What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners in Greensboro because of the moderate climate. Heat pumps operate in a similar fashion to refrigerators, using electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space. In the winter, heat is transferred into the home; whereas in the summer, heat is transferred from inside your home to the exterior.
As can be seen, unlike other traditional heating and cooling systems, heat pumps do not actually generate heat; rather, they transfer energy. This efficient technology can result in substantial energy savings
Types of Heat Pumps
The air-source heat pump is the most common type. As described above, these systems move heat between the air within your home and the outside environment. In addition to a potential reduction in energy usage by up to 40%, air-source heat pumps dehumidify air better than traditional air conditioners.
There are also geothermal heat pumps that can be even more efficient than air-sourced models, especially for interior warming processes. These systems transfer heat between your Greensboro residence and the ground or a water source. Geothermal heat pumps cost more to install and are dependent on the nature of your property, but result in high energy savings and satisfaction.
Things to Consider in Heat Pumps
A heat pump with two-speed compressors provide for more efficient systems that also have a longer lifespan because of reduced wear. Essential the two-speed compressor allows your heat pump to function at a level that is need at all times rather that operating above what is needed.
Some heat pumps have variable-speed motors on their outdoor and indoor fans. These systems allow reduced noise and better, more-comfortable air flow. Other heat pumps include a back-up burner system in order to supplement the heating process during the coldest times.
Lastly, some heat pumps have a desuperheater which results in even greater energy efficiency. These systems recover heat generated from their cooling process and apply this heat to warm water for the home. This results in energy savings related to water heating.
Installing a heat pump on your Greensboro residence is an important and substantial investment. The heat pump experts at Pro Plumbing Heating & Air can help you determine which system will best serve your Greensboro family’s needs.