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What Makes the Heat Pump Such an Efficient Heater?

Nobody wants to be uncomfortably chilly in his or her home during the heating season. However, nobody wants to pay too much in order to heat his or her home, either. There is no denying that keeping a house warm and comfortable comes at a cost. With a heat pump in Cary, NC, though, you can keep those heating costs to a minimum.

If you think it may be time to have a new heater installed in your home, we strongly encourage you to consider the use of a heat pump. We’d like to take this opportunity to help you better understand how it is that a heat pump operates so efficiently. Let us know if you have any questions or if you’d like to schedule service.

It’s About Transferring Heat, Rather than Generating Heat

A furnace or a boiler is going to consume fuel in order to generate heat. This is not how a heat pump works. Instead, a heat pump will transfer heat from the air outside into your home. Essentially, the heat pump acts like an air conditioner in reverse.

In fact, during the cooling season, a heat pump can act as an air conditioner. It will evaporate refrigerant indoors to remove heat from the air, vent that heat outside, and circulate the resulting cool air throughout your home via ductwork. In the winter, the evaporator coil and the condenser coil reverse their operation, and the function of the system as a whole is reversed.

Refrigerant is evaporated in the outdoor coil now, and it removes heat from the air outside in the process. That refrigerant is then condensed, which boosts its thermal energy. Its heat is then used to heat air for distribution throughout the house. Only a small amount of electricity is required in this unique heat transfer process, so heating a home with a heat pump really is incredibly efficient.

Ideal Services Heating & Cooling is here for all of your heating service needs.

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