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New Year’s Resolutions: Investing in a Heat Pump

If you’ve been putting off investing in a new HVAC system for your home, make it your New Year’s resolution to you install a new heat pump in 2024. Heat pumps offer both heating and cooling, all within a single system. You can give our team a call for heat pump installation in Riverside.

We can visit your home and complete an assessment to talk about how a heat pump would be set up and how it would work to heat and cool your home all year round. You can also keep reading to learn more about heat pumps and the pros and cons of having this type of HVAC system installed. 

How a Heat Pump Works

A heat pump is most comparable to a central air conditioner. It uses the same functionality to cool your home. The one key difference is that a heat pump has some additional components that allow it to use refrigerant for heating your home as well. There are not any other heaters that use refrigerant to produce heat the way a heat pump does.

In fact, a heat pump doesn’t actually create heat at all. Instead, it uses the refrigerant to absorb heat from the outside and transfer it into your home to increase the temperature. Even though it can be baffling, there is still some heat in the air even during the wintertime when temperatures outside are lower.

Heat Pump Benefits

Because of the heat pump’s unique operation for heating, it is especially energy efficient. The energy efficiency for cooling is very similar to that of a central air conditioner since the operation is the same. But since the heat pump doesn’t actually have to create heat and is instead transferring energy, your heating energy costs can be much lower compared to what it would cost to heat your home with a different type of heater or furnace.

What Type of Heat Pump to Choose

Did you know that there are different types of heat pumps? You have a standard heat pump, a cold-weather heat pump and a ductless model. A ductless model is great if you want to eliminate the ductwork from your home and control temperatures in each individual room. A standard heat pump with attached ductwork is also a great choice for our area of the country because we do not see terribly cold temperatures.

Cold-weather heat pumps are designed for areas of the country that see temperatures frequently below freezing. The colder the temperatures drop outside, the less heat there is to absorb and bring into your home. As a result, a standard heat pump may struggle to heat homes in colder climates.

That’s where a cold-weather heat pump comes in. A cold weather heat pump combines a heat pump and a furnace together so that there is extra heating power when you need it most. If you’re not sure which type of heat pump to select for your home, our team can help.

Contact RKM Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with us. Done Right, Priced Right.

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