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Is a Heat Pump Good for Pennsylvania?

If it is time to replace your HVAC system, you may be considering a heat pump. While these units are great because they offer heating and cooling all within one system, there are some considerations you want to make. For example, you want to make sure that you install a cold-weather heat pump. This is because a standard heat pump may not be able to stand up to keeping your home warm on the coldest days of winter.

Just give our team a call to schedule heat pump services in York, PA. We can review your options, answer all your questions and help you select a new heat pump system for your home. You can also keep reading to learn more about why you want to choose a cold-weather heat pump for your Pennsylvania home.

How a Heat Pump Operates

A traditional air conditioner moves refrigerant in a single direction. The refrigerant absorbs heat from the air in your home to cool it down and then transfers that heat outside. Heat pumps do the same thing for cooling. But they also move refrigerant in the opposite direction to absorb heat from the outside and bring it into your home as a method of cooling the air.

Because of this unique operation, a heat pump operates as both an air conditioner and a heater. If you currently have a separate air conditioner and heater, a heat pump can replace both of the systems and potentially save you space in your home as well as money on your monthly energy costs.

Potential Downsides to a Standard Heat Pump

There are different heat pump options that you have to choose from. A standard ducted heat pump is great for cooling, but it does have less power when it comes to heating. These imitations come from the method of absorbing heat and bringing it into your home. The colder the temperatures are outside, the less heat is available to transfer into your home.

Here in Pennsylvania, we experience a lot of days with very cold weather. A standard heat pump may not be able to heat your home as efficiently as you want it to. Aside from the decreased heating ability, you also run the risk of your heat pump continuing to work hard at attempting to heat your home, ultimately increasing your energy bills without the results to match.

Dual Fuel Systems

But there is good news! You can invest in a dual fuel system. This type of system consists of a heat pump and a furnace so you can enjoy the benefits of both an energy-efficient heat pump and a furnace that heats your home up quickly and effectively.

However, when temperatures are at their coldest and the heat pump needs a little extra power to heat your home, the gas or electric furnace will kick in to help. This entire process is automated between the two systems so you don’t have any additional manual work to do. It’s the best of both worlds.

Contact Regal Plumbing, Heating and A/C to schedule an appointment for heat pump and other home services. Committed to Service, Committed to You, Since 1974.

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