The Biggest Myths About Heat Pumps

Heat pump installation in Wake Forest NCWith the thermometer dropping and the price of heating gas, oil and energy rising, many homeowners are looking for a way to save money on their heating costs. The experts at Choice Heating and Air Conditioning get lots of questions about these heat pump installation in Wake Forest NC, and wanted to dispel the biggest myths about them. Keep in mind that a traditional furnace lasts on average about 15 years and that once your unit is over 10 years old its efficiency rating drops to about 50 or 60 percent. If your current unit is over 10 years old, call and schedule an inspection and efficiency evaluation with one of our experienced technicians before you need to turn on your furnace this fall.

The most common myth that our technicians hear is that heat pumps cannot be installed in existing homes. This is simply not true. A heat pump can be added to the most complex heating system, however an experienced HVAC technician will need to review the existing system to ensure that it has the appropriate amount of insulation.

Another common myth is that heat pumps require a lot of space to be installed. This is not the case, the system does have an exterior unit that is a little larger than your typical air conditioning unit, however most of the pumps units are hidden, much like your existing HVAC system.

The belief that heat pumps can only be used for heating is not true. While heat pumps do provide toasty warm heat during the cold season, they can also provide cool air during those scorching summer days. Most units are now equipped with a reversing valve which allows the flow of coolant to be reversed and pumped throughout the system - cooling or heating your home as required.

Heat pumps are typically more efficient when they are connected to an underground flooring system, however this does not mean that they will not work if partnered with common radiators. However, large radiators are recommended over traditional sized units. Standard sized radiators will still be able to be effective with the heat pump system - as long as your heat loss from your home is at a minimum.

Given the relatively mild winters here in North Carolina, the improvements in heat pump technology have made these devices much more efficient. The efficiency of the heat pump system is derived from the outdoor air temperature and as long as that stays above - 5 degrees, the pump will function in an extremely efficient manner. Heat pumps provide a very consistent level of efficiency year round when used for heating and cooling.

The final myth that our technicians hear is that heat pumps need to run constantly. Previously, the technology did require much more energy than they do now. Major advances in the technology used in heat pumps has drastically increased their efficiency when installed by an HVAC technician who is trained in heat pump technology. When a heat pump is properly installed it will function and be able to be operated much like the furnaces that you are used to. A heat pump does not provide instant heating however it does provide gradual constant heat. This is truly where its efficiency lies.

Dependable Heat Pump Installation in Wake Forest NC

If you're wanting more comfort and need affordable heat pump installation in Wake Forest NC, we invite you to call our office and schedule a time to meet with one of our highly trained technicians to discuss your options and to have your current HVAC system evaluated. We offer a wide range of heating and cooling solutions to fit your needs and your budget.

When saving time and money is important, call Choice HVAC for the best Wake Forest NC heat pump services.

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