Heat Pumps Give You Both Heating and Cooling Power
Heat pumps are often misunderstood because of their name—but they don’t actually produce heat. They simply extract it from the air and move it into or out of your home as needed to keep temperatures at a comfortable level year-round. This is what makes it an all-in-one cooling and heating system, and a great, versatile choice for many homeowners.
During the cooling season, a heat pump works like an air conditioner. It uses refrigerant to absorb and transfer heat from inside your home and release it outdoors. In fall and winter, the process reverses. Even when the air is cool, it usually contains enough energy to effectively warm your home on mild days. For those harsh cold days, however, the heating experts at Gross Heating & Air Conditioning recommend a furnace or boiler as a backup. As part of a hybrid heat system, the electric heat pump is your first line of defense, and the forced-air furnace or hydronic heat system only kicks in when needed to save you money.
Understanding Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings
Heat pumps are very energy-efficient because they don’t burn fuel to generate heat. Each is rated by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) numbers, which are like the miles per gallon rating of automobiles. Higher SEER and HSPF ratings mean greater energy savings, and some of the highest can be found in a Carrier® Infinity® Series heat pump.
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