With beautiful year-round temperatures that rarely require winter coats and hot fires to stay warm, it might sound odd to recommend heat pumps for an L.A. homeowner. The truth is while heat pumps, as their name suggests, can be a great way to warm up a house in a very eco-friendly way, they are also used to remove hot air from a home which in essence cools it. If this has you confused on what’s up and down and what’s hot and cold rest assured, we’re here to give you the run down on heat pumps and why they’re such an appealing HVAC option for moderate climates.
Advantage of using Heat Pumps
The way to heat your home in an efficient way would be to install a Lennox heat pump. It is considered to be energy efficient because it takes the heat from the surrounding air and it absorbs the heat from inside of your home and release it outside to keep the inside of your home cool. Lennox heat pumps efficiently enhance your comfort in the hottest summer months and cooler winter months, saving you significantly on your monthly utility bills.
How Heat Is Created
The air handler unit can be set to either ‘heat’ or ‘cool’ mode and the two cycles work largely in the opposite fashion of each other. When heating the home the heat exchange converts to warm air in the handler and is sent through standard HVAC ductwork to heat the home.
The Cooling Process
When operating a heat pump in ‘cool’ mode, warm air is taken from the home and delivered by the heat pump into the Earth. Since the Earth during the Spring and Summer is 30-50° cooler the air is chilled before being cycled back into the home.
Heat Pump Benefits
The question that begs to be asked then is, “what’s the allure of heat pumps if they run similar to existing HVAC systems?” The truth is the energy consumption is much lower when using a Lennox system. With the use of that constant 54° Earth’s core temperature, air only has to be warmed or cooled about a dozen degrees on a yearly basis and the heat pump uses minimal electrical current to do so. Compare this to a constantly running gas or electric HVAC system and it’s not hard to see the benefits.
You want to make sure you have the right size heat pump for your home. In order to get the most for your home, you will need to contact the HVAC professionals (licensed contractors) who are equipped with the latest diagnostic tools so you can get the right assessment. If you get the wrong system and it is not properly installed, you will end up paying more for years due to its performance and efficiency matters.
Homeowners should expect to pay a little more up front Lennox heat pumps, but rest assured that using the Earth’s natural energy will start to pay for itself literally on day one and in a lower carbon footprint in the future.