Heat pumps are the modern option for a high-performing home HVAC system. At Synergy Home, we've seen significant growth in the demand for these systems as Kentucky homeowners become increasingly aware of the benefits.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one place to another, from indoors to outdoors or from outdoors to indoors. For homes with no access to natural gas, heat pumps offer an efficient and reliable solution for heating and cooling.
In the winter, a heat pump works like a heater, extracting heat energy from outside and transferring it inside. In the summer, the process reverses, and it will remove heat from your home and transfer it outside like an air conditioner. Heat pumps do this so well that many people in warmer climates exclusively rely on a heat pump for year-round comfort. For those living in colder climates, they use electric-powered heat pumps in conjunction with their gas or oil furnace resulting in lower heating costs.
Heat pumps work with a series of coils drawing energy from air, water, or the ground. In this way, they are very environmentally friendly and are the most energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it. This makes them a greener alternative to traditional gas or oil furnaces. Though you may think you’re unfamiliar with them, they traditionally heat swimming pools and hot tubs, so you most likely have come in contact with them and not even known it.
Different Types of Heat Pumps
There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and geothermal. As mentioned above, they collect their heat from the air, water, and outside-your-home ground and concentrate it for use. Call Synergy Home to discuss the basic differences between these types and which one would work best for you and your home.
What is a Mini Split Heat Pump?
A mini split heat pump is composed of two parts, one of which is located outside the home, while the other is inside. These two parts are connected by tubing filled with refrigerant. It transfers warm or cold air into the home — making it a heating solution during the colder season and a high-efficiency air conditioner during the hot months.
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Mitsubishi is a top manufacturer of mini split heat pumps. These high-efficiency units are straightforward to install, offering a flexible solution to heating and cooling. Due to their versatility and low profile, ductless mini splits are a great solution for rooms that have been difficult to properly heat and cool or don’t feature existing ductwork. In the past, these units have generally been used as additions to existing HVAC systems. With Mitsubishi’s ever-improving technology, these units can now fully replace traditional heating and cooling systems especially in the relatively mild climate of Kentucky.
In addition to their ease of installation and flexibility, mini splits also:
- Reduce energy bills with high-efficiency heating and cooling
- Improve indoor air quality with multi-stage air filtration
- Lower your home’s carbon footprint due to their energy efficiency
- Increase comfort, particularly in rooms that were previously too hot or too cold
- Let Synergy Get Your Whole Home Comfortable
Synergy Home understands how the whole home works together to create a living environment. Although mini split heat pumps are a great way to condition those hard-to-reach places in your home, ensuring your home’s building envelope is properly sealed and insulated should be the first step in true home comfort and energy efficiency. When you’re ready to install a high-efficiency mini split heat pump, Synergy offers Mitsubishi models to suit your needs.
At Synergy Home, we’re at the cutting edge of home heating and cooling. Contact us or call (859) 687-0553 to learn more about installing a mini split heat pump.
Are Heat Pumps Expensive?
Installation costs of heat pumps are higher than with a traditional furnace or air conditioner, but the savings over time in annual energy costs make up for the difference in five to ten years. Performing proper operation and maintenance of your heat pump will also save you money, as you’ll use less energy, thus resulting in less cost. Be sure to ask your HVAC professional for the proper thermostat setting and the indoor pump’s fan operation. Not following the recommended guidelines can inhibit the maximized running of the pump and can degrade the unit itself. Regular maintenance can prevent degradation as well. Consistent filter changing or cleaning is necessary for a well-running heat pump. Seasonal cleaning of coils and fans go a long way in preventing poor energy efficiency that can end up costing you more money. The energy difference between a well-maintained system and a neglected one can be anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.
To determine the appropriate type of heat pump for you, which can be contingent upon the geography and climate around your Lexington, KY or surrounding-area home or office space, or to discuss any of these topics, call us today at 859-687-0553 or request service online for an evaluation.
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