Bring on the Heat: Heat Pump FAQ

head-pumpEver wonder what it is that supplies your home with warmth when the weather gets cold outside? Well, it is your heat pump, and it’s potentially one of the most overlooked and underrated pieces of equipment that you have in your home. When you are accustomed to being warm and maintaining a comfortable temperature in your household a cold front can be a rude awakening. Ten blankets won’t make you comfortable if your house is so cold that you’re finding it difficult to stay warm no matter the amount of layers covering you up. The heat pump is the piece of equipment in your system that helps regulate your home’s temperature and brings warm air directly through your air vents.

What is a heat pump?

Heat pumps don’t look like much of a pump. In fact, they look much like the standard air conditioner. They are located on the outside of a home, and in warmer climates, are considered a crucial component to any HVAC system.

How do heat pumps work?

Heat pumps help to generate heat in your home by shifting thermal energy around. They work to absorb heat from the cold air and then release that air into a warmer space. In doing this, heat pumps are able to regulate the temperature of a household and help to keep homes at a moderate heat level—unlike a typical furnace or fireplace which is going to give off extreme heat in one location with the expectation that the heat travels to warm other areas of the home.

Do heat pumps help with AC, too?

The simple answer here is yes. While a heat pump’s primary job is to help keep your home warm during the winter months when you go to turn your AC dial to the “hot” side, they also work during the summer to help regulate the temperature of your home as you are attempting to cool things down.  During the summertime, instead of working to extract heat from the cold air and using it to warm up a colder space, the heat pump can work in the opposite direction and help to keep a room moderately cool.

Ultimately, the heat pump is an essential part of your home. As we approach the cooler part of the year, now is a good time to go ahead and have your heat pump inspected to ensure that everything is working properly. Call the professionals at All Weather Contractors to schedule your preventative maintenance call. We offer two different service plans, each with a thorough inspection of your HVAC system for the air handler and condenser as well as savings throughout the year.