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All the Benefits of Switching to a Heat Pump


Your home has central AC and a furnace. That’s two maintenance visits a year, two systems to maintain, and a whole lot of work between changing air filters and making sure they’re operational.

Heat pumps, on the other hand, are a two-in-one combo: it heats and cools your home. Even with this increased workload, it still lasts for as long as a standard air conditioner does.

While heat pumps aren’t right for every home application, installing a heat pump in Longwood, FL is often the right step for a lot of homeowners. Let’s talk about the benefits and see if it’s right for you.

Heat Pumps Are Extremely Energy Efficient

Heat pumps are often 3 to 4 times more efficient to run than most other HVAC systems. They use a rating system called COP (Coefficient of Performance). In this system, the higher the number/rating, the better.

Many heat pumps have a number between 3.0 and 4.0, with some possessing the capability to reach 4.5. Let’s give you some context so you can realize how efficient heat pumps really are.

Compare that to a furnace, which is considered highly efficient if it outputs 0.9 units of energy for every 1.0 units of energy spent.

That means a heat pump, even on the lower end of the efficiency scale, outputs 3 units of energy for every 1 unit of energy it consumes.

Simply put, heat pumps are cost-effective ways to heat and cool your home. It’s not uncommon to see your energy bills sliced in half by installing a heat pump.

Eliminates the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

While it’s not common to encounter carbon monoxide poisoning in your home, you can completely eliminate that risk by not using a combustion-based heating system.

Heat pumps are electric, so they don’t produce carbon monoxide. If safety is a concern for you and your family, heat pumps are the way to go.

As an add-on note, heat pumps are also safer if you have young children since they don’t produce a flame or have hot surfaces for your child to burn themselves on.

Your Heat Pump Cleans the Air

Fewer particles floating around the air means better air quality. Heat pumps, much like air conditioners, have an air intake that removes particles from the air.

Dust, dander, and debris get trapped in the air filter instead of circulating through the room and entering your lungs.

They’re the Most Eco-Friendly Option You Have

Spending energy that comes from a dirty source is never good for the environment. But since nobody has solved the energy problem, the best thing we can do to play our role in reducing our collective carbon footprint is to opt for energy-efficient systems.

There’s no soot or smoke being propelled out of an exhaust on your heat pump. There are no carbon emissions from your unit, although the electricity does have to come from somewhere, so it’s not 100% clean, but then again, what is?

As a last-minute note, most heat pumps also use R410A refrigerant, which does not harm the atmosphere if it leaks (unlike some other refrigerants).

One Unit, Two Benefits

Your air conditioner and heater are both in one company unit. This is a net benefit since it’s only one system to maintain, but of course it does come with some drawbacks.

When your heat pump is on the fritz, you’re unable to heat or cool your home. The fix to this? Two home system inspections per year and priority service with our maintenance program.

When you have a dedicated heating and cooling company behind you that offers emergency calls 7 days a week, the downside of heat pumps doesn’t really sound so bad.

Contact Gary Munson Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a heat pump installation as soon as possible. You will be more comfortable with the best!

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