Feb 3, 2012
Are you planning to upgrade your HVAC system? If so, consider installing a heat pump. Our moderate East Texas climate is ideal for these energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Unlike traditional furnaces or boilers, which burn fossil fuels to generate heat for distribution throughout your home, heat pumps simply move heat from outdoors to heat the inside of your home. In hot weather, the system reverses and pumps heat out of your house like a conventional air conditioner.
A heat pump is an excellent choice for energy-efficient heating in moderate climates. Since it uses a small amount of electricity to move heat that’s already present in the air, it requires less energy to heat the same space than a fuel-burning system. Heat pumps lose their effectiveness as outdoor temperatures approach or drop below freezing, so they rely on more expensive backup electric resistance heat in very cold weather. In the Longview area, that backup heat isn’t needed often during the year, so a heat pump offers an economical method for home heating.
Most heat pumps are air-source systems that absorb heat from outdoor air. An alternative to air-source systems are ground-source, or geothermal, systems that collect heat from the ground at a depth where the temperature is constant year-round. Geothermal systems are more expensive to install, but they provide more energy-efficient cooling and heating than air-source systems. They pay their additional cost back via lower energy bills over the life of the system.
Since a heat pump combines heating and cooling functions in the same equipment, it offers cost and space advantages over a conventional heating and air conditioning system. If you’re upgrading your existing HVAC system, a heat pump can use your existing ductwork. For new construction, a heat pump requires less indoor space than a system that includes a furnace and an air conditioner.
Learn more about heat pumps available from JD’s A/C or contact us at (903) 759-7483 to schedule a professional visit to help determine the best upgrade for your home comfort needs.