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How Does a Heat Pump Work and Which One Is Right for Your Home?

how a heat pump works

Things are heating up here in Pennsylvania, and what better way to cool down than to step into a nice, temperate home after spending time in the summer sun? There are many ways to cool a home, and one of the most efficient is a heat pump. It sounds counter-productive to cool your home with something that has the word heat in its name, but MoreVent is here to show you why this system could be a great fit for your needs!

How a heat pump works

A heat pump works efficiently by moving hot air from one place to another. In the most basic terms, a heat pump uses hot air, water or ground temperature to move heat into your home during the winter months, then reverses and moves heat out during summer months. This is helpful in decreasing the amount of humidity inside. Heat pumps create a nice, steady way to cool and heat your house, which is something we could all use in these times of heightened uncertainty and in-home isolating.

Types of heat pumps

Heat pumps can be sourced from the air, water or ground. A ground-sourced heat pump, also called a geothermal heat pump, is the more expensive version to install. However, it can pay for itself with the ability to cut energy bills by up to 65%! Water- and air-sourced heat pumps cost less to install and are also more efficient at heating and cooling a home than their HVAC counterparts. However, to use a water-source heat pump, you must live near a pond or lake, which isn’t the case for many homeowners.

Location, location, location

Before you purchase a heat pump, it is important to consider the climate in which you reside. Heat pumps work best in locations that require moderate heating and cooling. More extreme temperatures may cause the unit to function less efficiently and require an auxiliary system. For the most energy-efficient bang for your buck, consider buying a heat pump that has a rating of at least 15 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and 8.5 HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Sizing is also important, which is why working with a professional to install the system can help ensure you have made the proper choice.

If you are curious about which heat pump is right for you, contact our professionals at MoreVent today at (610) 444-3333 . We can guide you through the process of choosing the right type and model for your home, and can even help with installation and maintenance. At MoreVent, our professionals are dedicated to keeping your home comfortable and bringing you “back-to-cool” when things go wrong with your air conditioning unit.