Pros and Cons of Installing a Heat Pump

If it’s time to upgrade your HVAC system, you may be considering a heat pump. There are a variety of benefits when investing in this unique HVAC system, but you need to consider some of the potential downsides so that you can be completely prepared.

When you’re ready to schedule heat pump installation in Portland, you can give our team a call for your in-home assessment. You can keep reading to learn more about how a heat pump operates, including the unique benefits and potential downsides.

Pros of a Heat Pump

Heat pumps are an excellent choice because they offer heating and cooling both within the same system. Having a heat pump can mean that you don’t need separate heating and air conditioning systems. This has the potential to save you some space over having two large units installed inside of your home. 

Heat pumps are also known for being highly energy efficient, especially when it comes to heating. This is because the heat pump doesn’t actually need to create heat using an open flame or burners. Instead, a heat pump is transferring heat from outside by absorbing it into the refrigerant lines. This method of heating is much more energy efficient.

Heat pumps are also safer to operate when it comes to heating. Compared to a central air conditioner, a heat pump operates fairly similarly. But with heating, safety is elevated since you don’t have any burners or open flames creating high temperatures inside of the unit. 

They also come in both ducted and ductless models, so no matter how big or small your house is, there’s a heat pump that fits your needs. If you already have existing ductwork in place that’s in good condition, a central heat pump may make sense to install. But if you want to switch to a ductless version or have more customization in heating and cooling your home, a ductless model may be the way to go.

Cons of a Heat Pump

It’s important to consider that you want to install the correct type of heat pump, especially for our area. A standard heat pump is not going to be able to stand up to the heating needs on the coldest days of winter. Since a heat pump is absorbing heat from the air, there may not be enough heat to absorb and increase the temperature in your home on the days of winter that are coldest.

This is why you need a cold weather heat pump. Our team can help to ensure that you get the right model installed for your home, family, and our climate. A cold-weather heat pump has a bit more power and can absorb more heat to transfer into your home compared to a standard heat pump. You also have the option to go with a dual fuel model that has a small add-on furnace for boosting heating ability.

Please call Sydni, our Office Extraordinaire, to schedule your next appointment! We will take care of you from there!

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