A heat pump can be a great alternative to a traditional HVAC unit. Alternatively, it can be used in conjunction with your existing heating system to keep your home warm while lowering your energy bills.
If you are considering a heat pump for your home, the following answers to common questions can help you make the right decision for your situation.
Do Heat Pumps Use a Lot of Electricity?
Heat pumps are energy-efficient. While you’ll see a small increase in your electric bill, you’ll save a lot of money that would have otherwise been spent on heating oil, gas, or propane.
Are Heat Pumps Programmable?
Heat pumps are programmable via a mechanical, electric, or smart thermostat. However, bear in mind that you can’t necessarily use the same thermostat you would use for a regular HVAC unit. Make sure the one you pick is compatible with the heat pump you are having installed in your home.
How Long Will a Heat Pump Stay On?
Because heat pumps are programmable, they can stay on as long (or as short) as you would like. This is especially true if you install a smart thermostat for the pump, as you will be able to program it even if you are not at home.
Can a Heat Pump Provide Cooling?
Yes, like HVAC units, heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling.
Can Heat Pumps Heat and Cool More Than One Room?
The size of the heat pump will determine how much heating or cooling it can provide. A small pump may only be able to heat or cool a single room, while a large pump can heat or cool an entire house.
You’ll want to have a professional visit your home before your purchase a heat pump to help you select one that is the right size. A pump that is too large for the home could run up your electric bill while a pump that is too small won’t provide the needed heating and cooling.
Knight’s Mechanical specializes in meeting the heating needs of Elizabethtown and Glasgow home and business owners. If you are considering installing a heat pump in your home or business, give us a call, and we’ll offer professional advice, installation service, and maintenance services to ensure your system is as energy-efficient and effective as it’s meant to be.