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What Is a Heat Pump?

When you think about cooling a home or any other building for that matter, the words “heat pump” probably don’t come to mind. However, a heat pump can both heat and cool your home!

A heat pump is a device that uses smaller amounts of energy to move heat from one location to another. Typically, heat pumps are used to pull heat out of the air or ground in order to heat a building. At the same time heat pumps can be used in reverse to cool a building by pulling hot air out of a building.

Advantages of a Heat Pump

The biggest advantage of a heat pump over standard HVAC units is that you only need one system to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps are also very efficient. They use energy to transfer heat rather than burn fuel to create it. Heat pumps are also great dehumidifiers and work better than your regular air conditioner at dehumidifying your home. And in the winter, they won’t dry out your air like a furnace does.

Heat Pump vs. Air Conditioner

An air conditioner works by absorbing heat from the air that passes over the coils. The cool air is then moved through your air conditioning ducts and into your home. The air that is collected in this process is dispersed through your system’s exhaust.

The main advantage of a heat pump is that it can both heat and cool, as opposed to an air conditioner which only offers cooling. Also, since the heat pump uses less energy, you can save money on your utility bills.

Heat Pump vs. Furnace

The main difference between a heat pump and a furnace is how they generate heat. Furnaces use flames to heat the air and then use a fan to push the heat throughout your home or building. Meanwhile, heat pumps actually pump heat from the outside air rather than actually heating up the air. Heat pumps can generate heat from the air or the ground depending on your unit.

Furnaces can be powered by oil, natural gas, or electricity. Heat pumps are run solely off of electricity and are usually the better choice for efficiency, though the price of oil or gas in your region should be considered when deciding how to cost-effectively heat your home.

Heat Pump Repair Services

No matter how great, reliable, and effective a system may be, nothing is completely immune to running across some trouble now and again. When your heat pump system hits a snag, our specialists can offer leading repair services that prioritize restoring your comfort quickly, effectively, and as accurately as possible.

Yuelly Services utilizes leading tools and superior training in order to meet your repair needs, and we’re certified to provide repair for all makes and models of heat pump system, so you know you’ve always got a professional on your side. Contact our heat pump repair specialists when:

  • Your heat pump is stuck in heat or cool mode
  • Your unit is making loud or unusual sounds
  • You’re noticing spikes in your energy costs
  • The system is failing to meet your comfort needs
  • The heat pump is freezing or icing over

No matter the problem, large or small, we provide offer 24-hour emergency service, any time, any day, to ensure you always have access to professional-quality service!

Are Heat Pumps Hard to Maintain?

A heat pump is no harder to maintain than any other HVAC system. Though, because they do operate year-round, they typically need professional service twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall. Beyond professional service, a heat pump requires very little from the homeowner aside from the standard air filter change.

A heat pump can serve you very well, but be sure to keep up with maintenance!