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Clearing Up 7 Misconceptions About Heat Pumps

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Clearing Up 7 Misconceptions About Heat Pumps

For many years, air-source, ducted heat pump units have been an effective and dependable solution for year-round comfort in our homes in Evergreen, CO. Nonetheless, there have been a lot of misconceptions about heat pumps. We’re here to dispel falsehoods so you may make an educated decision regarding your comfort.

Myth #1. All Heat Pumps Require Backup in the Winter

Backup may not be required depending on the system. Some heat pumps have auxiliary heat and may operate in low temperatures. Many heat pumps have an auxiliary heat setting for use on very cold days.

It is becoming more usual for new homes to be heated and cooled entirely by heat pumps. Ductless heat pumps are a popular choice in older homes that may not have ductwork installed.

Myth #2. Heat Pumps Are Only Cost Effective In Moderate Weather

To improve total efficiency, you may believe that it is best to utilize heat pumps in moderate weather when they are most effective and your furnace or boiler in the dead of winter when it’s most efficient. While there are periods when a furnace or boiler is less expensive to run than a heat pump, this occurs for a short period each year. Modeling reveals that switching to a boiler or furnace during certain hours saves just a little money, and failing to switch back at precisely the proper temperature may raise expenditures.

Myth #3. Heat Pumps Are Quite Loud

Heat pumps used to be big, unsightly, and extremely noisy when they first appeared on the market. A contemporary air source heat pump incorporates the most recent technology for noise reduction and energy efficiency increase.

As a result, the noise produced by an air source heat pump is equivalent to that produced by most air conditioners. The characteristic sound it produces is the pump’s fan drawing air through the system, which you should not hear inside if the technician installs the pump correctly.

Myth #4. They Are Difficult to Manage

Once configured, the controller functions similarly to a standard air conditioner. After the system establishes the temperatures and operating times, they may be left to run independently.

They should be easy to use if your installer thoroughly explains how to use the system and all of its functions. Many of our clients are not digitally astute, but with the right training, they can easily utilize the controls.

Myth #5. Heat Pumps Cannot Be Placed in Existing Structures

What makes heat pumps so popular is that a technician can install them in various property types, ranging from old historical houses to modern cosmopolitan apartment constructions. Both air and ground-source heat pumps may be placed in existing structures, making air-source heat pumps an excellent retrofit. Before installing a new heating system, improve the home’s weatherproofing by sealing gaps in windows and doors and insulating the attic and basement.

Myth #6. Heat Pumps Are Only Used for Heating

Although the name suggests otherwise, heat pumps deliver both cooling and heating. They are heat pumps because they can efficiently transport heat into your house during the heating season and reverse the process during the cooling season. For heat pump installation and repairs, contact our technicians.

Myth #7. Heat Pumps Must Operate Continuously

This idea is mostly spread by those who use heat pumps in inadequately insulated homes. If you use heat pumps in a house with little or no insulation or old insulation that needs replacing, the building will not be able to lock in the heat, which is why some people may have to leave them on all day.

Regardless of the numerous fallacies regarding heat pumps, your HVAC unit will always demand regular maintenance to work efficiently for as long as feasible. Hiring a skilled, licensed, and experienced expert to maintain your HVAC system is the key to maintaining it in like-new condition. Contact the Apple Aire Heating & Cooling service technicians, who will detect possible problems early on through regular HVAC maintenance before they develop and necessitate costly replacements or repairs.

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