Heat pumps are one of the biggest trends in home heating and cooling. A heat pump — a refrigeration system that can either heat or cool your home, depending on the time of year — comes in two parts: an air handler, which is the indoor unit, and an outdoor unit that looks like a traditional air conditioning system. By cycling refrigerant between the two, a heat pump can keep your home at a moderate temperature all year round.
Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and for good reason. Heat pump systems are notable for their efficiency, which can bring significant savings to your monthly energy bill by using electricity instead of gas. Moreover, heat pumps are more environmentally friendly than traditional heating and cooling systems; unlike traditional systems, which generate heat, heat pumps merely transfer it. And because heat pumps can both heat and cool a home, you might be able to forgo both an air conditioner and a furnace, depending on the climate in which you live. Heat pumps can even heat your water efficiently, taking over much of the role of a hot water heater.
Although heat pumps do require a significant investment up front, the energy savings they bring more than justifies their cost. If you someday sell your home, you’ll be pleased to find that energy-efficient homes typically bring higher prices on the market. To learn why a heat pump might be right for you, read the following infographic, originally syndicated by Griffith Energy Services.