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What is a heat pump?

Heat Pump

Heat Pump. You have probably heard the term. You may have one as part of your home’s HVAC system. It is often recommended for warmer climates. But you may not know what a heat pump is and how it works?

One can think of the heat pump as a closed transport system that constantly moves heat from one place to another, depending on the season. In colder months, even though it may seem strange, there is heat energy present in the outside air. A heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside to warm you. When it’s warm outside, the process reverses direction and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.

A matched system with an outside heat pump paired with an interior air handler is most popular in warm, humid areas of the country. The air handler contains the device that takes the heat pump’s output and distributes conditioned air through your home’s ductwork.

Unlike a furnace, a heat pump doesn’t burn fuel to make heat. That means no pilot lights, exhaust gasses or potential carbon monoxide issues.

If your HVAC system is not keeping your family comfortable year-round, contact us to see if a heat pump matched system is right for your home.