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Are Heat Pumps Better for the Environment?

First, consider how main heating and cool systems function. They take air then heat it or cool it to the temperature you need based upon the temp you have actually set your thermostat at. The systems need an energy source to get this task done. That means your main heating or cooling system needs the energy from your electric system or gas/natural heat system, and in some cases, both. It comes as no surprise to anyone with one of these systems that the energy used is substantial. Running your heating and your air conditioning can increase your power costs by hundreds of dollars on a monthly basis. In addition to being a drain on your pocketbook, these main systems and the energy that they use are a drain on the environment.

Now, consider heat pump innovation. Heat pumps do not use energy to heat or cool air to any temperature. Rather, they just shuffle air back and forth. During the winter season, heat pumps take the warm air from outside, and even if you can't feel it, there is hot air in the air on the coldest days. It pumps that warm air into your home until the thermostat reaches your idealed temperature. During the summertime, a heat pump works in reverse. The pump takes the warm air from inside of your residence and pumps it outside, until the internal temperature reaches the idealed level of coolness. Due to the fact that the heat pump is not heating up or cooling anything using electricity or gas, the energy operating costs are much lower. And since less energy is used, the effect of running a heat pump is far less on the environment than running a main heating or cooling system.

All heat pumps are not developed equally, however. If you stay in an older home and your heat pump predates the government regulations, then it still might be awfully ineffective. Even new heat pumps can differ greatly in regards to their effectiveness. Also, heat pumps are not reliable in climates with severe temperature swings.

All things considered, however, heat pumps are optimal solutions for ecologically friendly heating and cooling.More Info\nPage

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