I always took my home's heating and cooling system for granted. That is until I found myself battling one of the hottest days in years and my air conditioner simply refused to turn on. After contacting my local HVAC contractor, I learned that my cooling coils had frozen over from a lack of maintenance. He did get my AC back up and running that day, but he also helped me to look at my heating and cooling system in a whole new light. I have spent a lot of time over the last few years learning more about how to properly maintain my HVAC system and ultimately lower my energy costs. Today, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that I can help you to avoid some of the costly mistakes I have made in the past.
Are you looking to add an HVAC system to your home? If so, you may be on the fence about getting a heat pump. Here are some of the pros and cons of using a heat pump to heat and cool down your home.
Pro: Heat Pumps Don't Require Gas
One reason to use a heat pump is if you are limited to the type of energy you can use in your home. A heat pump doesn't require gas to function, which is different from a traditional gas furnace. This gives you some flexibility if natural gas is not an option where you live, since it can operate by electricity.
Con: Heat Pumps Require Air Filter Maintenance
Having a heat pump does not mean that you can neglect the system for years. A heat pump will require monthly maintenance in the form of cleaning out the air filter. This is very important to keep the air flowing in your home and not having the unit work harder by pushing air through a clogged filter.
Pro: Heat Pumps Have Improved Dramatically
If you are cautious about getting a heat pump due to the bad things you have heard in the past, know that there have been some drastic improvements when it comes to using this HVAC technology. The units can work in colder temperatures during the winter and are more energy efficient than ever. You'll find that a heat pump can be more efficient than an electric furnace.
Con: Heat Pumps Can Struggle in Extreme Cold
That said, there are still problems with using a heat pump in extremely cold temperatures. You really need to consider the region of the country that you live in, and if you are frequently seeing negative temperatures, you'll find that a heat pump will struggle to keep up. A furnace or radiant heater may be better in this situation.
Pro: Heat Pumps Work for Heating and Cooling
While a heat pump can be more expensive to install, it's important to remember that it works for both heating and cooling. This can be great if you do not already having a working system for both summer and winter, since the heat pump can serve a dual purpose.
Not sure if a heat pump is right for you? Reach out to a local HVAC company D & R Service Inc. like to schedule a consultation. They can let you know what your options are based on your budget and the climate of the region where you live.Share
9 January 2019