Is a Heat Pump a Powerful Weapon Against the Texas Cold?
November 6, 2019 - No Comments - Posted by Texas Air Authorities
You Bet It Is! Learn the Facts From Texas Air Authorities
Don’t let the name fool you. A heat pump isn’t just an excellent weapon for keeping your home toasty warm this winter. It also provides the right ammunition to make your house super cool during the long, hot summer season ahead.
So, what exactly is a heat pump?
A heat pump is made up of two components: a condenser outside of your home and an air handler located inside. A refrigerant line connects both components. The heat pump uses refrigeration and electricity to heat and cool your home. During the winter, it pulls the warmer air from outside, warms it up even more and pushes it into your house. During the summer, it sucks the warm air out of your indoor space and pushes it outside, filling your home with cool contentment. At Texas Air Authorities, we are sharpshooters when it comes to installation, replacement, maintenance and heat pump repair service in Grand Prairie, TX, and the surrounding communities.
What are the benefits of a heat pump?
For starters, a heat pump saves you money on your energy bills. It only uses electricity for power, not for generating heat. As a result, it is extremely efficient. Here’s how it works. With baseboard or other traditional electric heat, the heat created is proportional to the electricity used. To achieve 100 percent efficiency, you need one unit of heat per unit of electricity. Heat pumps, on the other hand, can generate more than three units of heat for every unit of electricity used—a 300 percent efficiency rate. That’s because electricity is only used to power the evaporator and condenser fans, compressor and pump, not to generate heat.
Heat pumps are inexpensive to run. If your heat pump runs constantly, it will increase your monthly electric bill by about $75. When you use a heat pump as a secondary heating system, you can save money on gas, oil or electric. For example, in a typical home, you can save up to 300 gallons of oil by using your heat pump to offset the need to operate your furnace.
Will a heat pump stop working when it’s too cold out?
Yes. A heat pump is not a wise choice in extremely frigid climates. When temperatures drop into the negatives, a heat pump must work harder and will be less efficient. When it gets below a certain temperature, a heat pump will stop working completely. But here in Texas where winters are mild, a heat pump is an excellent option. A heat pump also is more efficient in a well insulated home.
Can I heat my home using only a heat pump?
Yes. A heat pump can be your primary and only heating source because our winters are mild.
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Texas Air Authorities has the skilled and experienced technicians you want on the case when you need a heating repair in Kennedale or a heating replacement in Arlington. We’re sworn to serve and protect all of your heating, cooling and indoor air quality needs. To learn more or schedule your service today, simply give Texas Air Authorities a jingle at 817.402.3576 or fill out our online form.