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What are the Advantages of a Heat Pump?

We often stress the benefits of heat pump technology to our customers here in Oceanside, CA, and we believe firmly that they can benefit many homes in the area. We’re Californians, which means long summers and short winters, but our position here on the coast makes those winters a bit cooler than they might be further inland. A good heating system is necessary, but it still takes a back seat to air conditioning most of the time.

Heat pumps combine heating and air conditioning into one unit. They use the same principles of air conditioning — cycling refrigerant through an endless loop that first releases heat outside of the home, then cools the air inside to be blown through your ducts — but with a twist. The flow of refrigerant can be reversed, which releases warm air inside and cools the air outside. That lets the heat pump serve as both a heater and an air conditioner.

So why go through all of that? What are the benefits besides the minor convenience of a single unit handling your household comfort all year? We’ve listed a few of them below:

  • Costs. Heat pumps draw their warming power from refrigerant, which isn’t consumed by the process. That means it costs much less to run in the winter than gas-fed furnaces or electrical furnace, which must consume fuel in order to warm your home.
  • Safety. Because there’s no gas involved, there no risk of a leak or similar danger to your household.
  • Flexibility. Heat pumps work very well in climates with mild winters like ours, which allows you to use them at maximum efficiency.
  • Longevity. Heat pumps can last a long time, and with regular maintenance, you may be able to extend their lifespan well beyond the listed warranty.

Call Aspen Cooling and Heating, Inc. today!

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