Replacing Your Heater? Consider a Heat Pump!

couple-by-fireChances are that you are ready for winter to be over at this point. It doesn’t matter if you like skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, etc. Sometimes, enough is enough. And for many, this winter has been enough! The good news is that the worst of the winter weather is likely behind us. That doesn’t mean that there’s not still plenty of cold weather to come before mud season gets underway, though. You need to keep your heater in the rotation for the time being.

Now, that being said, you may want to start looking forward toward a heating replacement. And if you’re thinking about replacing your heater in Woodstock, VT, then you should definitely be thinking about using a heat pump in the future. Heat pumps have come a long way over the years, and they are more viable than ever in even very cold climates. If you’re not certain how a heat pump works, or if you can really trust one to handle the cold in this part of the country, then this blog’s for you!

Use Existing Heat for Better Efficiency

Wait a second, how can you use existing heat when it is freezing outside?

Because even when it is very cold out, there is still thermal energy in the air outside. Making use of it is not as simple as opening up a window, of course. That is why you need a heat pump to harness that heat.

Heat pumps work as both air conditioners and heaters, as you probably know. This is possible because heat pumps use a refrigerant cycle in their operation. In the summer they’ll act just like central air conditioners, evaporating refrigerant indoors in order to remove heat and vent it outside. In the winter, this process is reversed by a component called the reversing valve.

Now the heat pump evaporates refrigerant in the outdoor unit, allowing it to draw heat out of the air. Then, it condenses that refrigerant indoors in order to release the heat and warm up the house. The process uses just a small amount of electricity, which makes it so efficient.

But Even When It’s Very Cold?

Yes, modern heat pumps are effective down to lower temperatures than ever before, with many utilizing inverter technology for even better results. Of course, there are limits to everything.

So if the heat pump is overwhelmed, it’s not going to be able to heat your home? Not at all.

The heat pump may have to go into an auxiliary heating mode when temperatures drop below its lowest threshold, though. The result is decreased energy efficiency, but this is definitely the exception to the rule—not standard operation. If you’re serious about enjoying an efficient and affordable heating performance, then a heat pump is the way to go. And it is still going to get the job done even when temperatures get extreme. Contact us with any questions that you may have.

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