I made the mistake of thinking I could have a heat pump system.
- Thankfully I didn’t get to the installation date before this happened.
I did some research and read all about the benefits of a heat pump system. With a heat pump you are moving the existing heat energy rather than creating it. It saves money and so much energy doing this. If you bury the system underground you are even using the ground temperature. Think about the winter. What is warmer, the air or below the soil? The same goes for summertime and cooling. I saved the money and was ready to get my geothermal heat pump. When I started talking to my HVAC contractor he informed me the heat pump wouldn’t always work for me. This system is meant for moderate climates that don’t get below freezing. When it is colder than 40 degrees, there simply is no heat energy to use. It just makes sense. I was depressed that I wasn’t getting an efficient system after all. The HVAC professional then turned me onto dual fuel systems. This is where you combine a heat pump and a gas furnace. For most of the year a heat pump is handling the home temperature. It does all the air conditioning and most of the heating. When it gets really cold, the system automatically changes from electric to gas. The gas heater tags in and handles those cold days. You never have to go a day and freeze. It was a little more money but I am glad that I changed what I was getting.