No heating and cooling system will last forever. If your current heater and AC are more than 15 years old, or if you’ve needed to schedule repairs for them a couple time a year, then you should start to consider options for having them replaced. This coming fall is a good time to arrange for a replacement, since it takes advantage of a lull between the hot and cool weather.
But rather than having a new air conditioner and heater installed, why not have a heat pump put in instead? A heat pump is a system that performs the function of both AC and heater, working like an air conditioner except that it can reverse the direction it moves heat so that it warms your house as well. Below are some reasons that a heat pump may be a good option for your house:
- Dual heating/cooling function: This is the reason that many people initially choose a heat pump. It takes care of your home comfort all around the year, and it only requires a single change on the thermostat to switch from one mode to the other.
- Energy savings: In heating mode, a heat pump uses much less energy than many other types of heating systems. Switching from an electric furnace to a heat pump can save some homes up to a $1,000 a year.
- Safety: If you don’t want to use natural gas in your home because of safety concerns, then a heat pump is an excellent option. Not only do heat pumps send out no dangerous exhausts, their external cabinets don’t even warm up when they’re working in heating mode.
Heat pumps are not ideal for every home, however, since when in heating mode they can lose efficiency during extremely cold days. Always make sure that you work with professional HVAC installers so that you know you’re receiving the right system for your household needs.
Contact Air Creations, Inc. in Westfield, NJ for more information about heat pumps and heat pump installations.