No matter the season, temperature swings are a part of the New England climate. While you can’t control the air outside your home, you can control the air inside your home. A heat pump provides your home and family with consistent, comfortable air – no matter the outside temperature. If you’re considering a replacement or an upgrade to your heating system, the pros at Main Stream Mechanical share the benefits heat pumps can offer.
What is a Heat Pump?
In essence, a heat pump provides uniform heating and cooling to your home, year-round. It uses refrigerant to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps absorb heat energy from the outside air (even in cold temperatures) and transfer it into your house, making it warmer. During the warm summer months, a reversing valve in the outdoor unit enables a heat pump to move heat from your house into the outdoors, keeping you cool and comfortable.
Heat Pump Benefits
Because it moves heat from one place to another—instead of generating it—a heat pump provides several benefits, including:
Energy Savings - A heat pump uses less energy to warm your home than a conventional electric heat strip, oil or propane system. In fact, many of them are efficient enough to have earned the ENERGY STAR label.
Energy Efficient - When properly installed, a high efficiency heat pump uses half to a third as much energy. Heat pumps also come with a higher overall efficiency rating than other systems, because they transfer existing heat rather than generate it. That process alone saves your home on energy use, which in turn benefits your monthly energy bills.
Customized Comfort - Heat pumps take zoned heating to a new level. Rather than setting a uniform temperature throughout the entire house or floor, you control the indoor temperature room by room by setting individual units to their own temperature.
Environmentally Friendly- Heat pumps are more environmentally friendly than traditional HVAC systems. Because they don’t burn fuel, they generate fewer greenhouse gases. Additionally, taking heat from the air or ground in a constant cycle is sustainable and renewable, with little to no CO2 emissions.
Financial Incentives - Utility companies recognize the positive environmental impact of choosing an all-electric high efficiency heat pump system and are offering rebates to homeowners who make the choice to move away from fossil fuel use. Programs such as MassSave and NHSaves offer special financing programs to make purchasing and installing high efficiency equipment more affordable to Massachusetts and New Hampshire residents.
Choosing a Heat Pump
When choosing a heat pump, several important factors should be considered, such as the size of the unit and its heating/cooling capacity. A proper evaluation of your home’s heating and cooling needs by a trained HVAC professional is the best way to determine the ideal option for you.
HVAC Installation, Maintenance, Service and Repair
If you’re in need of heat pump replacement or installation services, contact the home comfort specialists at Main Stream Mechanical today. Our experience and expertise has earned us the honor of being a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor. We’ll help you find the right system and complete the installation process to help you stay comfortable all year long.
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