Heat Pumps: How they could help you Save Money on Energy Costs

heat pumps efficiencyHeat pumps are a practical alternative to air conditioners and electric furnaces for homes, regardless of whether they are located in coastal areas or southern states. Such areas experience moderate climate that includes cool winters and mildly warm summers.

Heat pumps work on electricity. They transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space. This leads the cool space to become cooler and the warm space to become warmer. Therefore, in winter, a heat pump can keep your house warm and during summer, it keeps your house cool from the inside.

Measure the COP of your Heat Pump
These are very cost-effective machines and use energy efficiently. Good quality heat pumps achieve an average COP (Coefficient of Performance) of four or more. This denotes that they use an average of one kilowatt of electricity to achieve four kilowatts of heating or cooling power.

Conventional heating systems such as gas boilers or electric fires have a COP figure of less than one. This signifies that these heating systems use one kilowatt of power to generate one kilowatt of heat energy. The higher the figure of COP a system achieves, the cheaper it is to run that appliance for prolonged periods.

Less Exertion means Less Energy Consumption
A heat pump consumes 30%-40% less energy in comparison to other heating systems. High quality heat pumps dehumidify the surroundings better than standard air conditioners. This makes them more energy efficient as they use less electricity. In addition, they keep the temperature of the room stable for longer periods with efficiency ranging from 300%-400% in comparison to other heating and cooling systems.

Types of Heat Pumps
There are two main types of heat pumps. Air-source heat pumps are inexpensive and easy to install. They do have a few limitations though. When there is a larger difference in the internal and external temperature of a building, the efficiency of these machines tends to decline.

The other type is the ground-source heat pump. These are also known as geothermal heat pumps and draw heat from the ground or from underground water. They are more efficient as the temperatures underground (below a depth of 30 feet) are relatively stable all year round.

Safe for Use and Light on Pocket
Overall, heat pumps are safer to use. They do not create waste material like smoke, ash or water and are very environmentally friendly. They improve air quality as they constantly filter the air. Producing low-density heat makes them safe for children and elders. So, their convenience and ease-of-use is unmatched and they do not take up much space.

Investing in heat pumps is the most practical option as it gives you good value for money, provides you comfort and saves your energy costs in the long run. So invest in this equipment wisely.

Allan enjoys blogging about alternative energies and is a regular reviewer at OO.Over the last couple of years, Allan has published numerous articles on prominent sites.

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