Heat pumps are all the rage, but it makes sense that a lot of folks aren’t quite sure what they do or how they work. In fact, did you know that heat pumps are largely used for cooling, and not just heating? Read on to get all the details on heat pumps, and how they can make your life easier – and cooler! – this summer.
The name suggests these pumps are for “heat,” but they’re also used for cooling. In fact, heat pumps were once found mostly in Southern states, but as the technology has advanced, they have become more and more practical in colder climates like ours. Heat pumps are now the year-round comfort system of choice for a growing number of homeowners in our region.
The reason behind the confusing misnomer is that heating and cooling both involve managing heat. Traditional air conditioners cool down warm air, and traditional furnaces generate heat. But, heat pumps “gather” the heat that already exists in and around a home with a compressor to harness its potential, either by circulating the consolidated heat to warm a space, or expelling the gathered heat to cool the space.
To add even more confusion to equipment definitions, heat pumps can be combined with the technology for the ductless air conditioning system known as mini splits – though the two home comfort equipment pieces are not one-in-the-same. A heat pump compresses and moves heat from indoors to outdoors (and vice versa). Heat pumps come in a variety of models including, even, gas-powered and geothermal units. But, when paired with a mini split HVAC system, Ductless mini-split systems can be a great choice. The main advantages of mini-splits are their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. This makes the system much more energy-efficient and cost-effective.
The top-name brands of heat pumps that Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling installs provide consistent energy-efficient cooling on the hottest days and dependable warmth when the temperature drops below freezing.
Just as important as which heat pump system you purchase is who you choose to install it. Our installation technicians have installed hundreds of these systems and are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the industry-standard certification and training organization for HVAC technicians.
If you have a later model heat pump and want to keep it running like new, Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling offers service plans that prevent costly breakdowns and keep your heat pump system running at peak efficiency. And if the worst happens, you can rest assured that with our 24-hour emergency heating service, we will be there when you need us the most. We do expert heat pump repair and heat pump maintenance on virtually any heat pump brand. Additionally, as a certified Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer, Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling offers you the complete line of energy-saving heat pump systems from this respected manufacturer.
Winters around here are hard, and summers are no picnic either. When you become a customer and choose a heat pump from Needham Oil COMPLETE, we can make things much easier for you – and more comfortable! Every member of our team is totally committed to your comfort, and our everyday goal is 100% customer satisfaction. That’s why Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling is the heating oil provider and HVAC contractor of choice for Middlesex County and Norfolk County, MA.
Ask us, too, about the generous rebates for heat pumps that are available through Mass Save!