Heat pumps are one of the more versatile cooling systems on the market. If you’re looking for an HVAC system that can keep the warm summer days at bay, while providing an added boost of warmth to the colder winter months—this could be the system for you. Heat pumps can provide both cold, comfortable air and added heat to a home when the weather shifts. They sit outside, much like a central air conditioning unit. In fact, it can even be hard to distinguish between the two. These units can be very energy efficient in mild winter climates.
Heat pumps and central air conditioning units aren’t all that different when you get right down to it. The only real difference is that a central air unit will recycle and cool the air in the home, while a heat pump can reverse itself to provide heat as well. Both work in the same manner when they work to cool the indoor air. While many people think they add cool air to the home, in reality, they actually subtract the heat from the air by absorbing it so it can be discharged outdoors. When it comes to the heating side of things, most heat pumps work in conjunction with a furnace as a secondary source of heat—also known as hybrid heating. In Colorado, this is the most effective way to use a heat pump; but in other climates, a heat pump may be the only heating source needed.
If you’re looking for the most cost-effective heat pump for your home, reach out to our team at Vectra Mechanical HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing by calling (303) 479-4940. We would be happy to discuss the differences between a heat pump and a conventional central air conditioning unit and help you decide on which to choose. If your current heat pump needs repairs or maintenance, our team has been servicing HVAC systems since 2006. Get in touch today for all your heat pump and cooling system needs.