Heat pumps are ideal for areas with a moderate need for air conditioning. This type of device can transfer heat from a colder space to a warmer space and vice versa. By doing so, it can make a cold room colder and a warm room warmer.
Below are the benefits of a heat pump installation and why homeowners should consider this alternative before buying air conditioners.
It offers both heating and cooling
Kiwis experience a range of weather and climate changes throughout the year depending on their location. The weather in the northern region is generally oceanic and dry. The far south experiences a cooler climate alternating with rain and wind that can last for a few hours.
Heat pumps work the same way as an air conditioning unit. Both capture humidity in an enclosed area and transmit it outside. Temperature control does not work by fanning in cold air but by trapping hot air. In fact, heat pumps do a better performance at removing humidity at any time of the year.
Although air conditioners are easier to install and cheaper than heat pumps, the latter eliminates the need to install a separate heater. There will be no colder or warmer spots in the house, which can be especially beneficial during humid or chilly weather.
It’s more energy-efficient
In the long-term, heat pumps are more energy-efficient than air conditioners or standalone heaters. During wintertime, it sucks in heat from outside the house even when it is sub-zero temperature. It moves heat to a colder place rather than generating it.
It is environment-friendly since it is powered by electricity and does not need fuel to run. Energy experts said that heat pumps, when properly installed, can produce heat energy that is 1.5 times to three times greater than the electricity it consumes.
It can save you money
Heat pumps act as a dual-function temperature regulator. There is no need to spend double in maintenance, repairs, and or parts replacements; thus, saving you money in the long run.
During extended use, you can save 30 percent to 40 percent of electricity compared to your energy savings with typical airconditioning units. With traditional heaters, it is likely you will rack up your bill as you increase your temperature.
More heat means higher costs. Because it only moves warm air from one place to another, heat pumps do not need much energy to achieve the desired home temperature.
It improves indoor air quality
Air quality eventually decreases with long-term use of air conditioning. The cool air produced by air conditioners is artificial, which is why there is a feeling of stickiness after you turn off the unit. This is especially a health threat to young children and people with chronic diseases.
Long-term exposure to contaminated indoor air may cause moderate to serious illnesses like irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis, or damage to organs such as the heart and liver.
The Environmental Protection Agency in the United States reported that the homes’ indoor duct system could be polluting indoor air. Dirty ducts are breeding grounds for mold, bacteria, allergens, dust mites, and even vermins.
Companies are now promoting ductless heat pump systems in an effort to prevent or reduce indoor air pollution. With ductless heat pumps, there are no tubes that retain pollutants. The air that is coming through the head is filtered immediately as it blows into the room.
It runs quietly
One of the drawbacks of traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is that it produces a loud noise. In modern heat pumps, compressors are installed outside of the house, making it generally quieter than its counterparts.
To maximize this capability, you should strategically place your heat pumps away from the sleeping quarters. You may want to consider designing a centralized heat pumping system so heat is distributed evenly throughout the house.
It manages humidity
High humidity is detrimental to one’s health. Mold and mildew are likely to thrive under the carpet or behind the wallpaper posing risks of asthma attacks, irritation of nasal passage, and headaches. The ideal indoor humidity level should fall between 30 to 50 percent. Heat pumps alternate warm and cold air during the process of dehumidification.
Heat pumps function similarly to refrigerators due to its built-in condenser coil. Moisture in the air is cooled and excess water is collected down into a drain. When switched to dry mode, heat pumps lower the humidity levels without making you feel any warmer.
Modern heat pumps provide more efficient cooling and dehumidification capabilities than traditional HVAC systems.
In the long term, heat pumps allow you to save more on energy and electric consumption. Plus, prevent respiratory health risks as you enjoy cleaner indoor air.
Heat pumps are cost-efficient alternatives especially in locations where moderate air conditioning is needed.