People who want to update their home’s heating and cooling systems have undoubtedly looked into the benefits of air-source heat pumps. Unfortunately, while they’ve been around for decades, some common myths about heat pumps still exist.
Some of these myths include details about how much heat pumps cost, power usage, and the maintenance needed. We’re here to debunk common myths about heat pumps and to provide you with some facts about converting gas to electric heating.
Common Myths About Heat Pumps
Heat Pumps Are Too Expensive
One of the most common myths about heat pumps is that they’re too expensive. The upfront cost of heat pump installation may be higher than other HVAC systems, but that gets offset by the future savings from heating and cooling your home efficiently. You may also see higher electricity costs, but your bills for gas or oil will drop significantly.
Additionally, you may find the cost difference isn’t as significant compared to getting two separate systems. This cost savings is because heat pumps cover both heating and cooling for your home.
As technology in modern heat pumps improves, these savings will likely increase. Powering your air source heat pumps with solar energy is an excellent way to make them even more cost-effective.
Heat Pumps Only Heat Your Home
You might think that heat pumps only heat your home, but they do much more than that. In addition to being an efficient alternative to more traditional heating options like oil or natural gas, heat pumps are also air conditioners. So heat pumps do two things – heat and cool – all in one system.
You can replace your current HVAC system with heat pumps if you have ducted heating and air conditioning — a switch that typically lowers your utility costs. And if you don’t have ductwork in your home, you can install mini splits.
Heat Pumps Require a Lot of Maintenance
Another myth is that heat pumps aren’t easy to maintain. But, aside from cleaning the filters, heat pumps don’t require much maintenance.
We recommend cleaning your filters when the seasons change to ensure they work properly and remove dust, pollen, and other harmful pollutants. In addition, you should schedule maintenance at least annually to keep it running smoothly.
Heat Pumps Only Work With Underfloor Heating
The notion that heat pumps only work with underfloor heating is one of the most common myths about heat pumps. Heat pumps need more floor space to warm homes than traditional heating systems, requiring a larger surface area to reach the same temperature.
However, heat pumps generate a lower grade of heat than boilers, so they work more effectively when connected to an underfloor heating system. Moreover, they also operate well with radiators.
Heat Pumps Are Noisy
Noise is a common myth about heat pumps that originated when they first arrived on the market as big, bulky, and noisy equipment. The operating noise of heat pumps can vary according to the model, size, and fan speed.
But, on average, heat pumps run quietly due to constantly improving design and technology. For many people, a significant benefit of switching to heat pumps is that they replace air conditioners, which are significantly less energy efficient, louder, and more costly.
Invest in a Heat Pump Today!
Over the next decade, heat pumps will become more prevalent in people’s homes. Their surge in popularity is due to their ability to lower energy costs while increasing energy efficiency, in addition to their easy maintenance. But unfortunately, some common myths about heat pumps prevent people from experiencing the numerous benefits of owning one.
Sasquatch Home Services offers a heat pump payment plan to help reduce the upfront costs of installing one while enjoying the benefits of lower future energy bills. Contact us today to learn more about air and ground source heat pumps!