The Heat Pump: A Moderate Climate Heating Alternative
In a climate like Atlanta’s, which has winters that are milder than much of the rest of the country, a heat pump is a smart, efficient alternative to traditional furnaces.
Unlike furnaces, boilers or space heaters, heat pumps don’t generate heat. Instead, they transfer heat energy from an existing heat source into a cooler area and cycle cool air back to the source. Because heat pumps are not using energy to generate heat, they can heat as much space as a conventional method for as a little as 25 percent of the cost, according to the Department of Energy.
Air-source heat pumps are the most common type, and they can be used in houses that have existing air ducts, as well as those that are ductless. An air-source heat pump moves heat from the outside air into your home, and sends cooler inside air to the outside. If you use a heat pump in combination with electric heat, a heat pump can reduce your energy use by as much as 40 percent.
With so much emphasis on being placed on alternative energy sources these days, geothermal heating has received a lot of attention. Geothermal energy is also transferred into your house via a heat pump. Geothermal heat pumps are more expensive to install than air-source pumps, but their operating costs are extremely low. This is because the source — ground or water — remains at a relatively-constant year-round temperature of just about 60° F. This means that maintaining a regular household temperature of around 68° F requires little effort on the part of your heating system.
Heat pumps can also be used to cool a space, as well, although Atlanta’s summers may be too much of a challenge for a heat pump system on its own. Heat pumps that have high efficiency ratings tend to dehumidify better and less expensively than air conditioners.
If you are considering a heat pump in your new home or replacing your costly furnace, call the heating pros at Casteel. They can offer guidance to help you select the right model for your home as well as make sure it is installed properly. This will ensure that you stay warm and save money during the winter months.