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Is a Heat Pump a Good Option for Heating Your House?


If you’re going to replace your current home heating system this fall, you have several choices available for a new heater. The most obvious choice is to go with what you already have, and there’s nothing wrong with this. But if you’ve used a standard furnace for many years, you may wish to think about an alternative—a heat pump. 

Heat pumps are pieces of refrigeration equipment similar to air conditioners, but with this important difference: a heat pump can reverse the direction it moves heat so that it also functions as a heating system. In cooling mode, a heat pump acts just like an AC, evaporating refrigerant indoors to cool the air and condensing the refrigerant outdoors to release heat. In heating mode, the process reverses so that refrigerant evaporates outdoors to absorb heat and then condenses indoors to release it. It’s an excellent two-in-one comfort solution for around the year.

But is a heat pump a good choice for your house?

The Advantages of a Heat Pump

  • Heating and cooling: We’ve already mentioned the biggest advantages of having a heat pump—it takes care of both your summer and winter comfort needs.
  • Energy savings: Heat pumps in heating mode use far less energy than other types of heating systems, particularly electric furnaces. This is because a heat pump uses electricity to move heat from one place to another, rather than use electricity to create heat the way an electric furnace does. 
  • Safety: Many homeowners don’t like the idea of using natural gas because of its potential safety hazards. A heat pump is one of the safest alternatives available for home heating. Not only does it not create toxic emissions or combustion dangers, but the exterior doesn’t even warm up in heating mode.
  • Environmentally friendly: Heat pumps are becoming more popular as an eco-friendly option for home comfort. They reduce carbon emissions because of their high efficiency.

The Disadvantages of a Heat Pump

  • Upfront cost: A heat pump is more expensive to install than a standard air conditioner system or a furnace. For a heat pump to be a worthwhile investment for a home, it must replace both the current AC and heater when it’s installed. 
  • Cold weather efficiency problems: A heat pump must extract heat from outside in heating mode, and this poses a problem in extremely cold weather. Heat pumps can suffer from drops in efficiency when temperatures fall below freezing. However, there are special heat pumps that can overcome this problem. 

If you aren’t sure about whether you should invest in a heat pump in Hillsboro, OH, the best path is to call our team for a consultation. We have served homes in the area since 1985 and we keep up with advances in comfort technology (all of our employees must undergo 200 hours of training each year). We’ll help you find the best new heating system to replace your current one, and we back up our work with a 100% money-back guarantee.

Shafer Heating & Cooling, LLC: You are just one call away from the comfort and savings you deserve!

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