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Heat Pumps: The Pros and Cons


If you are looking for an energy efficient way to both heat and cool your home, you may want to consider installing a heat pump. Heat pumps work by delivering heated or cooled air to your home, but what makes this process different from other heating systems is that there is no type of fuel used. Instead, comfort is delivered to your home using a compressor and refrigerant.

There are many advantages to installing a heat pump in your home, but like anything there are also a few disadvantages, this blog should help you understand both so that you can make the right decision for your home.

The Advantages of Installing a Heat Pump

Here are some of the positive aspects of using a heat pump to heat and cool your home:

  • There is only one unit that needs to be installed and maintained that will help keep your home comfortable year round.
  • Air handlers and compressors offer variable speeds that allow the heat pump to keep up better with your home’s needs than other systems might.
  • Heat pumps offer high energy efficiency ratings and are often more energy efficient than a furnace, AC unit, or other heating and cooling methods.
  • The compressor inside a heat pump is quiet and the unit can be inconspicuous.
  • A heat pump is safer than other heating options when maintained correctly.
  • Heat pumps have a much larger lifespan than other heating and cooling systems when maintained correctly.

The Disadvantages of Installing a Heat Pump

There are a few disadvantages that you may want to consider before installing a heat pump in your home. The disadvantages include:

  • Heat pumps have a higher installation cost than other systems, but most user recap that investment in utility savings over the years.
  • Since some Chicago neighborhoods can get colder than other locations throughout the U.S. you may need a backup heating system during the winter months, this could mean installing a heat pump and still having to use a furnace. This will depend on the brand purchased.
  • A heat pump’s unit may need extra attention to make sure debris does not build up on the outside of the unit.

North Town Home Services offers maintenance programs to make sure that, if you do choose a heat pump, it stays working at its best so your family stays comfortable!

We can answer all of your heat pump questions, so contact us today at 847-999-4600 or fill out our contact form.

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