Whether you’re a first-time or experienced homebuyer, you may find yourself asking questions about advancements in heating and cooling technology. Rest assured, you are not alone! Advancements like the heat pump are highlighting the need to be more efficient and have a reliable way to heat your home while saving you money.
Though the heat pump may feel like new technology, it goes back to 1857 with the first prototype heat pump. The first “modern” day heat pump was created in 1954. Since then manufacturers have innovated the heat pump making it more efficient and affordable for homeowners.Conversations around energy efficiency often lead back to heat pumps.
A cold climate heat pump is a heating and cooling system installed outside of your home. A heat pump is located on the side of the house where the air conditioner is most commonly found. At first glance a heat pump is commonly confused with a traditional air conditioning unit. However, unlike a single traditional air conditioning unit, a heat pump can cool your home during the summer and provide cost effective heating in the colder months.
How does a heat pump work?
A heat pump pulls heat from the cold outdoor air and transfers it indoors to heat your home. Similarly in the warmer months the heat pump takes the warm air and converts it into cool air for inside the home. A cold-climate heat pump works alongside your furnace to circulate warm air for a fraction of the cost.
Understanding the types of heat pumps.
A cold climate heat pump works alongside your furnace to push warm air around inside the home, and generates cold air in the summertime. Ductless mini split heat pumps do not require ductwork and can be placed in your home to heat and cool. The split unit is great for a bonus room, or any room that has a hard time reaching and staying at an ideal temperature.
Why consider a heat pump for your home?
There are many advantages to choosing a heat pump. If you’re looking for a way to cut down on your energy bills, a heat pump is energy efficient by moving air around rather than producing hot or cool air each time it kicks on.
“Heat pumps will play an important role as the country moves towards decarbonization and away from fossil fuels. Heat pump technology has dramatically improved over the last 10 years and is increasing market share every year,” says Domenic DeLeo, Vice President of Residential Operations for Isaac.
New York State is making strides in encouraging energy efficiency and deterring fossil fuels uses. Purchasing a heat pump qualifies homeowners for New York State incentives and utility company rebates. These incentives make it easier for homeowners to choose more environmentally friendly equipment options.
For more information about heat pumps for your home, contact your local Isaac office and a project manager can review your options with you.
By Nicholas Kolb. He is the marketing intern for Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning.