It may sound odd that a device called a “heat pump” can cool your home, but it can, and it can do it very well. The key to a heat pump system being able to both cool and heat your home in Westport, CT, is the reversing valve. This component allows your heat pump to change the direction in which the refrigerant is flowing; in turn, the heat pump can change between heating and cooling. So why should you consider the installation and use of a heat pump system to cool your home? Here are some reasons to ponder:
- Very versatile systems – heat pumps can be ducted or ductless (used with indoor blowers), and they work with different kinds of systems, including geothermal ones.
- Very energy efficient – heat pumps use 25-50% of the energy that a traditional whole home air conditioner uses, making it a very energy efficient system.
- No need for fossil fuels – because a heat pump system doesn’t generate heat, there’s no need to use a fossil fuel, which can be a big savings for many homeowners.
- Longer lifespan – the average lifespan for a heat pump system is 25-50 years versus a traditional AC system, which is 10-15 years.
Another thing that differs heat pumps from a traditional air conditioning system is that these systems require bi-annual maintenance versus annual maintenance. This is because a heat pump system provides both cooling and heating for your home and as such, runs twice as much as traditional, separate cooling and heating systems.
Heat pumps are complicated devices and should always be handled by professionals for installation, maintenance, repair or replacement. The experts at Celco Heating and Air Conditioning have years of experience with heat pumps and can help you with all of your needs – just give us a call!