When my husband and I retired, moved south and bought a new home, we’d never heard of a heat pump.
It sounded like something that would require me to pump a handle to provide hot water.
I learned that a heat pump is a form of temperature control. We have an electric heat pump installed in our new home, and it provides both heating and cooling capacity. I didn’t realize that a single unit could handle year round temperature control. During warmer weather, the heat pump operates very much like a central air conditioner. It uses refrigerant to pull heat out of the home and convey it outdoors. The heat pump, however, is exceptionally energy efficient and better at dehumidification. When the weather turns chilly, the heat pump reverses operation to find ambient heat in the outdoor air. It compresses this heat energy into a higher temperature and delivers it inside. Because the system doesn’t burn fossil fuels or rely on a combustion process, there’s no worry over hot surfaces, fumes or byproducts such as carbon monoxide. It doesn’t overly dry the air so there’s no need to add a humidifier. The heat pump operates quietly, helps with air filtration and keeps our utility costs at a minimum. The only drawback to a heat pump is that it struggles when the temperature drops below freezing. In the area where we now live, this isn’t a concern. The heat pump maintains ideal comfort at all times. Because it features something called adaptable speed technology, it’s able to adjust to the changing requirements of the home and provide very consistent indoor temperature.