The type of HVAC system that you are using to regulate the temperature in your house will be a major factor for determining your ability to regulate the temperature in the house. Heat pumps are a reliable option for providing a home with warmth, but they may not be as well understood by homeowners that are looking at their heating system options.
Myth: A Heat Pump Will Make Its Own Heat
Individuals may think that a heat pump will actually produce its own heat. In reality, a heat pump is designed to transfer heat from one area to another. This is accomplished with a series of tubes that have refrigerants that can absorb the heat from the surrounding environment. By installing these tubes belowground, they can be kept warm enough to be able to transfer heat into the home's interior during the winter.
Myth: A Heat Pump Will Always Need To Be The Primary Heating System
Depending on the location and the climate where your home is located, a heat pump system may be sufficient to serve as a primary heating unit. However, the amount of warmth that these units can provide may be limited due to the fact that they will not create the heat on their own. As a result, if the temperature in your area can regularly drop to below freezing for long periods of time, it may be advisable to use the heat pump system as a secondary source of heat. Often, homeowners will use the heat pump during days when it is only cool as these systems will require far less energy, but they may switch to more energy-intensive heating systems if the temperature drops low enough.
Myth: Heat Pumps Can Only Be Configured To Provide Warmth For The House
Heat pumps are most often associated with providing a home with warm air during the winter months. However, some of these systems may also be configured to cool the home by transferring warmth out of the house. While a dedicated air conditioning system will be more effective at cooling the interior, a heat pump can serve as a supplementary cooling system when the AC is overwhelmed or the temperature may not be warm enough to justify using the primary cooling system. If you are wanting to use the heat pump system for this purpose, you will want to choose one that can be easily reversed so that it can provide limited cooling abilities.