Moderate Missouri temperatures during the spring and fall could make installing a heat pump as a part of your heating and cooling system beneficial.
Despite the name, they not only provide heat to the home, but also work well to cool it during the hotter seasons. Its design principle is fairly simple, absorb heat from one place and transfer it somewhere else. This is an innovative process that works efficiently. By making use of already heated air, your furnace does not need to work so hard. If this sounds like a good idea to you, your reliable HVAC technician will be able to help you determine if installing one is beneficial for your home.
How A Heat Pump Works
A heat pump works by pulling heat either from the ground or air and then using it to heat the home. They can also work in reverse to cool off the house drawing heat from the home and transferring it outside. The main disadvantage to a heat pump is that they work optimally between outside temperatures of 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above or below that makes it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house.
Your HVAC technician will need to survey your home to decide which size unit would best suit your needs. This is not a case where larger means better. If it is not allowed to run long enough in air conditioning mode your home will be left with too much humidity leaving your house susceptible to mold growth.
How to Cut Heating Costs
With the often freezing temperatures that accompany Missouri winters you may think that a heat pump would not be a good addition, but if your family does not demand tropical temperatures in the house it could be a solution to helping you cut heating costs. During the very cold months, typically December, January, and February, you can augment your heat pumps output with auxiliary heating elements. These look and function much like the heating elements on an electric stove top.
The main advantage of the heat pump is its energy efficiency. There is no burning of fuel in order for them to run. They are simply taking advantage of natural heat around them and transferring it, rather than burning fuel to create it. For summer time weather a heat pump can replace your existing central air conditioning system. Working in reverse, it draws heat from your home, passes it over refrigerated coils, much like those on the back of a refrigerator, and then passes the cooled air back to your home utilizing the existing duct work system.
The Right Investment for Your Home
Even with their temperature limitations, a heat pump could be worth looking into if high utility bills are a concern for you. For Missouri residents, the only time they should need to supplement the output is during the few months when we experience consistent below freezing temperatures. Call Air Excellence Heating and Cooling at (636) 980-0998 to go over the installation with you to help you decide if it is indeed the right investment for your home.
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