There are a wide range of different home heating systems available on the market today. With the overwhelming number of different choices you have, you may be tempted to just go the safe route and install a new heating system of the same type as your old one. Before you do that, though, you should check out what some of the other heating systems have to offer. Let’s take a look at heat pumps, and the unique advantages they can offer you this winter.
How a Heat Pump Works
A heat pump doesn’t burn any kind of fuel to generate heat. Instead, it evaporates and condenses refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. When in heating mode, the outside unit evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the surrounding air. It then sends the refrigerant gas inside to the condenser coil, where it is condensed back into a liquid to release heat into the home. Heat pumps also contain a part called the reversing valve, which allows them to switch the direction of the refrigerant flow and act as air conditioning systems as well.
Advantages of Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are quite a bit more energy efficient than traditional combustion-based heating systems, as they don’t need to burn fuel to generate heat. They also obviate the need for two separate climate control systems, as a heat pump can either heat or cool a home. These are the two biggest advantages of heat pumps, though they are not the only ones. Heat pumps don’t give off any combustion byproducts, which can be quite dangerous if inhaled.
If you’d like to know more about the advantages of heat pumps, call Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. We install and service heat pumps of all kinds throughout the Chicago, IL area.