Are Heat Pumps the Most Efficient Home Heating Method?

Heat Pumps Offer Versatility, Flexibility, and Energy Efficiency

Heat pumps can bring outdoor air into the house to heat in the winter and cool during the summer. Under the best-operating conditions, a heat pump can move up to 300% more energy than it uses. Some heat pump services tout that heat pumps offer a 100% efficiency rating, saving 5% in energy efficiency over furnaces. That 5% can be the difference between high and low energy bills this winter season!

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Air source heat pumps use electricity to provide an energy-efficient alternative to heating and cooling a home without the added cost of a heating service company installing both a furnace and air conditioning unit. 

Heat pumps do not create heat but rather move heat from one place to another to keep the temperature at the desired setting. Heat wants to move from high temperature, high-pressure environments to low pressure, low-temperature environments naturally, so heat pumps use this to transfer heat. 

A reversing valve within the system allows for a change in the flow of refrigerant used to heat or cool the home. Older model heat pumps are the superior option in mild climates or areas where electricity costs are low.

Some high-efficiency heat pumps offer the additional benefit of acting as a full house dehumidifier for homeowners that live in climates with above-average moisture levels and could use some relief. To ensure quality and professional heat pump service, heat pump installation and repair should only be conducted by licensed and insured professionals. 

Is Ductless Right for the Home?

Ductless Heating SystemDuctless heating/air systems are generally wall-mounted indoor units with an outdoor compressor used in areas that traditionally would have used a window AC unit or baseboard heating. Most homeowners prefer ductless units because only a small hole has to be drilled into the wall for installation. The unit is also quieter, with a higher quality aesthetic within the living space.

Mechanical professionals and heating services have done the research and found that heating ducts cost homeowners up to 25% of the energy output of a traditional furnace or air conditioning unit. Ductless models use inter-driven compressors that speed up or slow down the compressors based on the needs of the unit rather than turn off the unit entirely until it’s next needed like traditional HVAC systems do.  

Energy Savings Equal Money Savings for Savvy Homeowners

Piggy bank surrounded by coinsOn average, Energy Star ductless systems save homeowners 30% on their heating and cooling costs. The Federal Government offers a tax credit for qualified individuals, and some utility companies offer incentives for installing energy-efficient equipment in the home.  

According to the Department of Energy website, modern heat pumps can reduce home energy use by up to 50% compared to electric furnaces and baseboard heaters. 

About RCL Mechanical

RCL Mechanical, located in Raynham, MA, uses the latest plumbing and HVAC technologies to provide customers with always on-time service at a flat rate. This company has earned a prestigious Home Advisor Elite award as a top-rated company for customer service. Technicians are LEED and NATE certified and guarantee customer satisfaction on every provided product or service. Call RCL Mechanical today for heat pump installation and service in Taunton.