What is a Heat Pump and Why Do I Need One?

According to Alliance to Save Energy, the average household will pay an estimated $2,300 this year on energy costs. Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical home in the United States, making it the largest energy expense for most families. Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient and cost effective solution to your heating and cooling needs.

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So what exactly is a heat pump and how do they work?

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A heat pump is a device that consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit that looks similar to a central air conditioner. A heat pump works by transferring heat from one place and moving it to another. But don’t let the name fool you – a heat pump can actually keep your home cool in the warmer temperatures as well! During the summer, a heat pump will work like an air conditioner by extracting the heat from inside your home and releasing it outside.

Since heat pumps move heat rather than generate it by burning gas or oil, it is an economical HVAC option for many families. According to Energy Star, Energy Star-certified heat pump can reduce your electric consumption by as much as 30%. Here at Ranger Heating & Cooling, we exclusively carry Trane heating and cooling systems, which are all Energy Star-certified products.

The main advantage of a heat pump is that it can run year round in moderate climates, such as that of Tacoma, Seattle, and the surrounding Puget Sound. If you live in an area with colder temperatures, you may want to consider installing a furnace in your home instead. Compared to a heat pump, a furnace will provide heat for your home regardless of the outside temperature. If your outside temperatures routinely go below 40 degrees, a furnace is better equipped to maintain consistent indoor warmth. Many of the Trane furnaces we offer operate at over 95% efficiency, which means that 95% of the fuel you pay for is actually converted into heat for your home.

The best way to determine which heating system is ideal for your home is to consult your Tacoma HVAC specialists at Ranger Heating & Cooling for a complimentary consultation. It’s important to remember that a heat pump, like any other heating and cooling system, requires regular professional maintenance to run at its best. We offer RangerGuard or monthly packages and an à la carte service menu to help you maintain the performance of your heat pump throughout the year.

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