Why Are Heat Pumps So Popular?

Heat pumps can cut energy use by 50%.

It’s been two years since we wrote a blog post about the popularity of heat pumps in the northeast, and since then, these units have continued to be a top choice for both homeowners and businesses. An estimated 12.1 million households use heat pumps in the United States, and with good reason. Heat pumps continue to be one of the best options for convenient, efficient, and cost-effective home heating and cooling.

Perhaps one of the most apparent reasons for their popularity is that there are many different kinds of heat pumps. If you’re considering purchasing a heat pump, it’s important to be able to distinguish between each type.

Ductless Heat Pumps

Sometimes known as Ductless Mini-Split or Ductless Systems, it is a great option for homes where ductwork would be difficult to add. These systems are incredibly efficient, low maintenance, and cut heating costs. You can also use the system for cooling as well! A ductless mini-split is often a good choice because it can cut utility costs in half when compared to other heating systems. Ductless heat pumps can be used alone or in conjunction with radiant floor heat.

Heat pumps offer zoning, variable speed motors, desuperheaters, and scroll compressors.

Ducted Air Source Heat Pumps

This is the most popular variety of heat pump options. However, it wasn’t until recently that ducted air source heat pumps became viable for colder regions like the northeast. New technology has advanced their ability to heat homes effectively regardless of the temperature outside. These systems are popular thanks to their ability to cut energy use by 50% compared to other standard heating systems, saving customers money on their heating bills. An often overlooked additional benefit is that they reduce humidity in the summer months and therefore use less energy year-round.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

The greenest of the options! They derive energy from the renewable resource of underground water. These systems are known for reducing energy use by 30%-60%, controlling humidity, and lasting longer than traditional units. They’re feasible for both new and retrofit homes. They do, however, require a higher upfront investment and groundwater temperature between 45-75 degrees. Thankfully this is common in the northeast region. 

Absorption Heat Pumps

Also known as gas-fired heat pumps. You may not be familiar with this type of heat pump as they’re relatively new to the market. Absorption heat pumps work with a wide variety of heat sources, making them especially versatile and suitable for most homes.

Additionally, heat pumps continue to be chosen by consumers as their technology is evolving and improving. As technology advances, their popularity increases. Many of the features previously unavailable to heat pump users have been implemented, such as zoning, variable speed motors, desuperheaters, and scroll compressors. One of our factor-trained service technicians can walk you through the details of each unit and help you decide which features suit your needs.

Still have questions? We highly recommend checking out our previous blog post for more information on the topic. Or reach out to us by phone or email!

If your question isn’t answered here, contact the Pierce Refrigeration team and one of our experts will guide you in finding your solution.

Need 24-7 emergency service? Looking for advice on improving your everyday air quality and comfort at home and at work? Contact the friendly staff at Pierce Refrigeration at 800-696-1088

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