How Do Heat Pumps Work?

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Looking for the most energy-efficient way to provide heating and cooling to your Spokane home? A heat pump is your best solution! Ready to start saving some money on your heating and cooling expenses? A heat pump can help with that too.

In fact, heat pumps can help most homeowners in the United States save $500 on their utility bills every year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Who wouldn’t want to save that much money annually?

Your Washington home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system should run at peak efficiency and keep you comfortable, and that’s exactly what a heat pump offers!

At Trademark Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we are proud to share our knowledge of the best HVAC products for your home. No matter the heating, cooling, or electrical issue, you can trust that our professionals will have a solution to offer you. Let’s work together to help achieve your goal of enhanced comfort inside your home.

What Is a Heat Pump and How Does It Work?

A heat pump is a dual-purpose system capable of providing both heating and cooling. While a conventional gas furnace burns fuel to generate heat, a heat pump uses electricity to transfer heat from one location to another.

Types of Heat Pumps

There are three main types of heat pumps:

  • Air-source heat pumps: Air-source heat pumps are the most commonly used heat pump. They extract warm air from the outside and transfer it inside your home to keep it feeling warm and cozy. During warmer months like summer, air-source heat pumps do the same—but in reverse. They transfer warm air inside your home to the outdoors, keeping your home nice and cool.
  • Water-source heat pumps: Water-source heat pumps operate similarly to air-source, except they use a closed-loop system to transfer warmth from water, which means you would have to reside close enough to a lake or pond. Since water-source heat pumps do not depend on the air temperature, this can be a great method for heating and cooling your home.

  • Geothermal heat pumps: Geothermal systems harvest heat from beneath the surface, where the temperature remains relatively constant between 45 and 75 degrees. They use an underground loop of pipes to harness and transfer energy. A geothermal system is considered the most efficient heating and cooling system available today.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

It’s easy to see why heat pumps are a preferred method for heating and cooling homes here in WA. Here’s a list of the many features and benefits of a heat pump that you can enjoy:

  • Provides heating and cooling to your home
  • Offers great energy efficiency
  • Decreases your energy use
  • Lowers energy costs
  • Operates quietly
  • Reduces your carbon footprint
  • Supports better indoor air quality (IAQ)

Plus, you only need to maintain one unit (the heat pump) instead of two (a furnace and air conditioner). Are you ready to add a heat pump to your home? Discuss the different options with our Trademark Heating, Cooling & Electrical professionals so we can help you determine which will work best for your home.

Looking for Heat Pump Installation, Replacement, Repairs, or Maintenance?

Whether you are ready to add a heat pump to your Spokane, WA, home or you already have a heat pump that requires replacement, repair, or maintenance, know that Trademark Heating, Cooling & Electrical is here for you. Call us at (509) 467-4000 to schedule service or request service online.

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