Heat Pumps in East Peoria
We get a number of questions about heat pumps. And, it’s no surprise. Heat pumps tend to draw pretty strong opinions. It’s true, It used to only be practical to run a heat pump in areas with milder winters. But heat pumps today are made for cold climates. In fact, they can suck heat out of the air up to 15 degrees below zero. They use the outside air to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the winter. And they’re an affordable options for most home owners. So, let’s cover some heat pump basics.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system. Simply put, heat pumps move heat rather than generate it. This system can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. During the heating season, a heat pump moves heat from the cool outdoors into your home; then during the cooling season, it transfers heat from your house to the warm outdoors.
How does a heat pump work?
A heat pump works by transporting constantly moving warm air from one place to another. It moves warm air to where it’s needed or not needed, depending on the season. Even in the cold winter air, heat energy is present. So, when it's cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. One a hot summer day, the heat pump reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.
What is the Advantage of a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps move heat instead of generating heat giving you more energy efficiency. They are powered by electricity and can save substantially on fuel consumption. So, heat pumps can heat and cool for significantly less cost than other systems, such as furnaces and central air conditioners.
If you live in East Peoria, the team at Air Ace has many years of expertise and can help you decide if a heat pump is right for your home.
Types of Heat Pumps
There are three types of heat pumps. Remember heat pumps collect and move heat rather than generate it. So, the three types of heat pumps vary in where they collect the heat. We have air-source heat pumps, water source heat pumps, and geothermal.
The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump. This heat pump transfers heat between your house and the outside air. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners. In the past heat pumps weren’t rated to run in sub-zero temperatures, However, in recent years, air-source heat pump technology has advanced. Heat pumps now offer comfortable heating for those living in cold regions. In fact, they are a great option for winter and summer here in Central Illinois.
For those remodeling homes without ducts, air-source heat pumps are also available in a ductless version called a mini-split heat pump. These systems are not only efficient. They allow you to heat and cool your home, and avoid the cost and hassle of running duct work.
To learn more about heat pumps, see operating and maintaining your heat pump.
Ask us about current tax credits, rebates, and incentives for new heat pumps!
If you have questions about heat pumps. Or, are considering a heat pump for your home, get in touch with Air Ace! We are leaders in East Peoria and surrounding areas.
Call us at 1-309-678-9577!