Webre right in the middle of the fall season, and that means itbs time to schedule your annual heating maintenance. For some of you, however, this is a time for shopping around for a new heating system. If your old heating system is dying or otherwise failing you, consider installing a heat pump to replace it. Read on to discover the advantages of installing a heat pump in your home this fall.

Anatomy of a Heat Pump

A heat pump system contains two separate units, an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. These two units are what move heat from one space to another. There are other parts, but these two are the most important. When the heat is turned on, the outdoor unit absorbs thermal energy from the surrounding air. This energy is then sent to the indoor unit, where it is used to warm the air before circulation.


The first advantage to having a heat pump is its energy efficiency. The ability to absorb and direct thermal energy relieves the heat pump from having to generate the energy itself. This results in lower heating bills, as the heat pump doesnbt have to work as hard as other systems to achieve similar results. Be aware, however, that prolonged sub-freezing temperatures can decrease the efficiency of the heat pump. Many heat pumps are supplemented by other systems in cold climates for this reason.
The second advantage is that of versatility. A heat pump system includes a valve that reverses the flow of refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units. This reversing valve allows the heat pump to act as an air conditioner, as well as a heater. This not only saves you the space of installing a second forced air unit, it also saves you a sizeable amount of money. With the combined savings from both heating and air conditioning bills, the heat pump will eventually pay for itself.
If you are considering upgrading to a heat pump this fall, call Comfort Central, Inc. We install heat pumps throughout the Black Mountain region.