Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional central air systems. Contrary to what many people believe, they provide both heating and cooling throughout the year. A heat pump extracts the heat from the outside in winter – and reverses the process (removing heat from the home) in the summer. A typical unit consists of two parts: an indoor component called an air handler and an outdoor component similar to a central air conditioner. Instead of generating heat, which can burn a lot of energy, a heat pump unit moves it from one area to another. This makes them far less expensive to run compared to central air systems. In Lake Geneva, where the winters can be extreme, mini-split heat pumps and hybrid systems are a more popular choice. Call us today and we can explain your options – and how much you can potentially save on utilities.
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Why Install a Heat Pump?
There are many reasons our Lake Geneva neighbors to invest in an electric heat pump unit. Energy efficiency, superior temperature control and the lower utility costs make them very attractive to local homeowners. A central heat pump is also effective at reducing humidity levels in your home, ensuring your family keeps comfortable throughout the summer. They don’t produce any waste material – making them eco-friendly and reducing your home’s carbon footprint. The advantages of a heat pump include:
A hybrid heating system consists of a heat pump and a gas furnace that works on oil or propane heating to maintain your desired indoor temperature levels year-round. Investing in two options allows for the most economical fuel source to heat your home. The result is a hybrid heating system that ensures maximum comfort with minimum energy costs. Hybrid heating is one of the smartest heating options on the market. When your home requires low-to-moderate heating, the hybrid system will defer to the most energy-efficient source: the electric heat pump. The heat pump provides heat when the temperature outside is between 40 and 60 degrees (the range in which it operates at maximum efficiency). When the temperature outside goes below 40 degrees, the hybrid system will automatically switch over to the alternate source.
A heat pump can heat a home at an efficiency of up to 300 percent (within its optimal temperature range). There is no other heating system on the market that can perform at such efficiency. Its only equivalent is a fuel-burning furnace – which offers better efficiency only when temperatures are extremely low. There are many benefits of using a hybrid heating system, but the best example is the balance between cost and efficiency. The hybrid system can handle the coldest temperatures while the heat pump alone can cover your needs for the remainder of the year. The monthly costs still run lower than most gas furnaces, while providing you with the comfort your household requires.