Here in Southeast Louisiana, we’re known for our long, hot summers and our mild, short winters. This kind of climate is a perfect fit for heat pumps. Heat pumps are HVAC systems capable of both cooling your home in the summer and heating your home in the winter. In this article, we’ll review what heat pumps are, and why you should consider upgrading an older furnace or air conditioner to this type of two-in-one system.
For a free in-home estimate on a new heat pump or other type of heating or cooling system, call your friends at Foulks Heating & Cooling!
How heat pumps work
Traditionally, homes have a furnace to keep them warm during the winter months and an air-conditioning unit for cooling in the summer. A heat pump is an ideal fit for mild winter climates because they can both cool your home in the summer like a normal air conditioner and heat your home in the winter by reversing operation. Here’s how they work:
A system for all seasons
In the summer, heat pumps work like an air conditioner: they use coolant to capture heat energy from inside your home and then move it outside to the condenser, where the heat energy is released into the outdoor air. This process cools your home through the removal of the heat energy. In the winter, that process reverses. The heat pump draws heat energy out of outside air and then brings it inside, where it’s released to heat your home. Even on days where it may not seem like there’s much heat in outdoor air, the heat pump is able to draw this energy into your home.
Since the heat pump is simply moving heat energy from one place to another instead of having to produce it (like a furnace does through combustion of oil or gas), there’s less energy used. This can significantly cut your winter heating bills.
Why you should upgrade to a heat pump
There are advantages of having one of these versus using your furnace and a separate air conditioning unit. For starters, these units are often more energy efficient, as they use electricity instead of fuel. This means you can save on energy costs while using the natural heat found in the air around your house.
You can also streamline your heating and cooling systems into one unit, thus making maintenance and repairs easier to manage. Our professional techs can help explain all the ins-and-outs of heat pump ownership during your free in-home estimate.
Call Foulks for a free in-home estimate!
If you’re ready for a new heat pump or other type of heating system for your home, give our team a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new Carrier and Trane systems—including heat pumps. If you want to know more about how heat pumps work and how much they can save you on your annual utility bills, talk to one of our friendly technicians!