The Benefits of Heat Pumps

Beaverton, OR has its share of cold and rainy Christmas days, and yet our weather here isn’t quite so cold as it might be in the Midwest or East Coast. You need every advantage you can to trim bills and keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If a new heater or HVAC system is on the agenda in the next few months, you might want to consider a heat pump, which combines the functions of heating and air conditioning into one. The system isn’t dissimilar to an air conditioner, but a few key differences combines some considerable benefits.

How It Works

Heat pumps operate according to the same principles as air conditioning. Refrigerant circulates through an endless loop, first placed under pressure and heat which bleeds high temperatures outside your home, then moving inside where it can pull heat from the air (and blow it into your ducts with a fan). The only difference with a heat pump is that the flow can be reversed: releasing hot air inside and cool air outside. That allows it to serve as both a heater and an air conditioner in one, pulling double duty for summer and winter alike.

The Benefits

Because the heat is generated by refrigerant, it takes a lot less energy to heat the home: cutting down on winter bills and helping your system avoid wear and tear. On particularly cold days, the system may struggle to warm the air. That’s why hybrid heaters and dual fuel heaters are available, which pair the heat pump with a smaller furnace to make up the lost power. Either way, you still use less energy and can enjoy greatest savings on your winter bills as a result.

Trust Clean Air Act, Inc. to install, repair and replace heat pumps in your home!

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