Electric heat pump systems are one of the most energy efficient options for both heating and cooling your home. Because heat pumps are designed to move heat around rather than generate it on their own, they represent an all-in-one HVAC solution that uses significantly less energy than a conventional heating or cooling system.
The versatile functionality of heat pumps has made them an attractive option for many different homeowner situations. Similar to mini-split systems, electric heat pumps are capable of providing multiple climate zones in homes without ductwork, or they can be paired with an existing system in order to maximize its efficiency.
How it Works
Electric heat pump systems are a two component design – one indoor and one outdoor. The outdoor unit houses the condenser, which absorbs heat from the outdoor air and transfers it to the system’s coolant. The coolant is then passed through the indoor system or ductwork to distribute this temperature throughout your specific climate zone.
This functionality also works in reverse, allowing heat pumps to provide both heating and cooling for your home. By flipping the flow of the coolant internally, heat pumps can transfer heat from inside your home outside via the outdoor component.
Why Electric Heat Pumps?
Electric heat pump systems are designed to offer both heating and cooling services for your home, meaning it can easily replace any current, inefficient system that your home is currently running.
Lower Energy Bills
Because they move heat rather than generate it, heat pumps only use electricity to power their internal fans making them incredibly energy efficient when compared with traditional heating and cooling systems.
Quiet, Even Performance
The two-component design of a heat pump system keeps the loud compressors outside of your home, while the flexible installation capabilities of the indoor air handler ensures optimal performance.
No Fossil Fuels
Heat pump systems are able to both heat and cool your home with electricity. This makes them one of the greenest and safest climate control technologies available, with no consumption of hard to replace oil and natural gas and no burning fuels in your home!
Electric vs. Geothermal Heat Pumps
Electric and geothermal heat pumps actually have a lot in common, with the major difference being that geothermal heat pumps are placed underground, instead of outside Deciding which heat pump system is right for your home depends on the space of your property, existing HVAC system and, of course, personal preference. For more information on geothermal HVAC systems, visit our Geothermal Heating and Cooling page.
Considerations for Your Home
Although the long-term energy savings of an electric heat pump system make them a popular choice among many homeowners, the initial costs of heat pump installation can be high.