Many homeowners are curious about the benefits of heat pumps. With the advances in design and the value of these dual purpose appliances, Thiele Heating and Air Conditioning has dedicated the time to train our team and work with manufacturers to know all the benefits of heat pump systems throughout Indiana. Our team has served the needs of Hoosiers since 1883, so we understand the priorities of households in our community. As much as central air conditioning and forced air furnaces transformed the comfort and improved the safety of homes in Indiana, heat pumps are a viable solution for homeowners seeking an energy efficient and durable solution for heating and cooling.
How does a heat pump work?
Learning the benefits begins with understanding how a heat pump functions. First consider what a heat pump is not. A furnace generates heat by burning gas and transferring the energy into cold air. A heat pump does not generate heat.
Running only on electricity, a heat pump transfers energy from outside air and releases heat inside your home. Most notably, heat pumps offer a dual function as a cooling system. In cooling mode heat pumps remove heat from the air inside your home and release the energy to the outside unit. When this energy is removed the temperatures within your home are lowered to a comfortable level.
So the first benefit of heat pumps is dual functions providing both warmth in the cool months and refreshing cool temperatures during the summer.
While many homeowners are delighted to learn heat pumps offer cooling and heating capabilities, finding an energy efficient alternative to gas furnaces is a top priority for many homeowners. Heat pumps are very energy efficient compared to traditional furnace designs. The efficiency of heat pumps largely depends on the professional contractor you hire to install and maintain the system. If the wrong unit is installed or installed incorrectly, heat pumps are not efficient. Poorly maintained and neglected systems also lose efficiency so it is important to follow the schedule advised by the manufacturer. When you hire the team at Thiele, heat pumps can dramatically reduce energy usage and even outperform traditional heating and cooling equipment.
Manufacturers have improved the designs dramatically in recent years. Upgraded heat pump systems are exceptionally effective for Indiana climates. Air forced heat pumps can run as low as 10 degrees outside. So even on frigid winter days modern heat pumps protect your home with warm, comfortable air. Maintaining heat pumps in the spring before summer temperatures rise and in the fall prior to winter weather maintains performance and effectiveness. The heat pumps installed by Thiele are protected by a manufacturer warranty and backed by exceptional parts support. This means maintaining and repairing heat pumps for many years is as easy as contacting our team.
Carbon emissions of furnaces is a major concern of many homeowners. Furnaces and other heating systems burn fuel and create exhaust. Heat pumps do not produce direct carbon emissions because they operate on electricity. This is a clear benefit for homeowners striving to reduce your carbon footprint. Another often overlooked benefit is safety. Gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning are very serious risks associated with natural gas and propane. While heat pumps still need regular inspections, the benefit of not burning fuel is a big bonus.
For many homeowners installing a heat pump is not invasive. Unlike a geothermal heat pump system, forced air heat pumps do not tear apart your yard. The outdoor unit installs in a similar footprint as a conventional air conditioner. Some Hoosiers opt for a hybrid system where the heat pump provides cooling and warmth for all but the most extreme winter weather. In these hybrid systems your existing furnace circulates air. For new systems and complete conversions, heat pumps use an outside unit and an indoor air handler that resembles a conventional furnace. No matter which design suits your needs, air source heat pumps do not require excessive retrofitting for most homes.
How to choose the best heat pump
Contacting a heat pump specialist not only provides further insight but helps you take advantage of all the features and capitalized on discounts, rebates and available tax credits. While many HVAC contractors install heat pumps, these systems are unique. The heat pump specialists at Thiele are educated on the latest technology, certified and trained by the manufacturer. Since heat pumps are rapidly improving in efficiency and performance homeowners need to talk to reputable companies. Contacting Thiele Heating and Air Conditioning assures you will receive clear and concise answers to your questions. Our team always acts in the best interest of our customers. Installing a heat pump must suit your family needs, the size of your home and the long term welfare of your property.