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Heat Pumps: The Hottest Thing in Heating & Cooling

The year was 1990, and the hottest thing in footwear was the Pump—a high-top sneaker that featured air pump technology that gave the wearer a better fit around the ankle. Both Reebok and Nike had their own versions. Amazingly, a pair of Reebok sneakers cost $170 in 1990—a steep price tag for what many considered to be a gimmick!

In today’s HVAC industry, heat pumps are the hottest trend in heating and cooling today—and they’re far from gimmicky. A heat pump can trim the amount of electricity used for heating by as much as 30% to 40%. On the air conditioning side, high-efficiency heat pumps can also dehumidify better than standard air conditioners.

How a Heat Pump Works

Essentially, heat pumps move heat, instead of generating heat, and that’s where you save on your energy bill.

A heat pump pulls heat from the surrounding air to warm the house. It operates much like a refrigerator in that it uses electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space. So, during the heating season, a heat pump moves heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house, and during the cooler season, it moves heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors.

A heat pump is appropriate for climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, which is why our climate here in Tennessee is ideal.

Servicing a Heat Pump

Properly maintaining a heat pump will, of course, affect its efficiency and energy consumption. In fact, there can be a 10% to 25% difference in energy consumption between a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one.

Once a year, you should call a professional technician to inspect the heat pump’s ducts, filters, blower, and indoor coil for dirt and other obstructions, diagnose and seal duct leakage, verify adequate airflow by measurement, lubricate motors and inspect belts, and verify thermostat operation.

Frog is Here to Help

Updating or upgrading your home’s heating and cooling system is a major decision. The professionals at Frog Heating & Air are here to help.

Our technicians will first evaluate your home’s construction and size, and then, keeping in mind your level of comfort and budget, help you determine whether a heat pump is the best choice.

To schedule your consultation or to speak with one of our team members, get in touch with us or call 615.823.3965 today!

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