Heat pumps have become increasingly popular as a method to provide year-round comfort for homes. Their rise in popularity makes sense: they offer a two-in-one package for air conditioning and heating, and they use far less power to operate than heating systems that burn fuel.
However, heating pumps haven’t dominated the market yet, and that’s because of one drawback about which you may have heard: they have difficulty with extreme cold temperatures. If you’re wondering whether a heat pump will work at keeping you warm this winter, read on and learn a bit more about how they operate.
If you have more questions, or if you are interested in installing a heat pump in Middletown, KY, then get in touch with AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. We never charge by the hour, and our Straight Forward Pricing Guide™ will guarantee that you know what our services will cost before we start work.
How a heat pump keeps you warm
Heat pumps don’t operate the same way as furnaces and boilers. Those systems burn energy in order to create heat. Heat pumps instead use heat exchange, which is the movement of heat from one location to another. In air conditioning mode, heat pumps draw heat from inside your home—cooling you down in the process—and remove it to the outdoors. In heating mode, the direction of heat exchange reverses, and heat drawn from outside is moved inside your home.
But this leads to the question: how does the heat pump extract heat from the cold outdoor air? The answer is that there is always some heat available in the air, no matter the temperature. However, it becomes more arduous for the heat pump to extract sufficient heat from air that has dropped below approximately 35°F. At that point, the efficiency of the system will start to taper off.
That’s good news if you live in Middletown, since you can only expect a few days during the winter when the temperature drops into the low 30s. The average low during the coldest month, January, is 34°F—right about the point where a heat pump might start encountering trouble. If your home has quality insulation, then a heat pump should manage to keep you comfortable most of the winter.
When you’re interested in heat pump installation in Middletown, KY, call HVAC experts before you make a decision. Despite the advantages of heat pumps, they will not work for every home, and professionals will identify your home’s specific heating requirements. Contact AccuTemp Heating and Air Conditioning today when you think a heat pump may be in your future. We have the expertise to make sure you get the right system to warm you up all winter long.