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Reasons to Consider a Heat Pump for Your Next HVAC Installation


How soon do you think you’ll need to replace your home’s current heater and air conditioner? Could it be as soon as this spring? Spring is a good time to have your HVAC system upgraded since you can take advantage of the milder weather and the more open schedules for heating and cooling technicians.

No matter when you think you’ll have to get a new HVAC system, we want to put this idea in your head right now: you may want to change from the standard air conditioner/furnace set-up and have a heat pump installed instead. We think heat pumps are excellent choices for local homeowners, and here are some of the reasons why.

Heating and cooling in one unit

This is the big advantage of heat pumps: they combine heating and cooling power in a single unit. They aren’t a package combining a separate heater and AC. Instead, a heat pump uses the same components and the same operation to provide both warm and cool air. A heat pump is constructed like an air conditioning system, except it can change the direction it runs. In cooling mode, it moves heat from inside to outside, and in heating mode, it moves heat from outside to inside. Switching between modes is as easy as adjusting the thermostat. With one installation, you have your year-round comfort needs taken care of.

Energy savings

When in cooling mode, a heat pump works at the same efficiency as an air conditioning system of the same size. In heating mode, a heat pump saves significantly compared to other heating systems. A heat pump uses far less electricity to run than an electric furnace (around a third less) because a heat pump only uses electricity to move heat, rather than generate it. You can save up to several hundred dollars a year on your heating costs when you switch from an electric furnace to a heat pump.


If you’re a homeowner who’s wary about using natural gas in your house, then a heat pump is a great choice to put your mind at ease. Heat pumps are all-electric and don’t produce toxic emissions or create combustion hazards. In fact, the exterior of the heat pump doesn’t even get warm when it’s in heating mode, which helps keep children safer. 

No efficiency loss in our climate

In extremely cold winter conditions, heat pumps will start to lose energy efficiency because they must extract heat from the outside air. Heat pumps work at much better efficiency in milder winters—and the winters where we live are just right for heat pumps to work at their best all the time.

Environmental benefits

Heat pumps have seen a large increase in use because they benefit the environment thanks to their lower electrical use and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A heat pump uses less energy overall than either gas or propane furnaces. 

If you want to know more about using a heat pump in Columbus, GA, reach out to our team today.

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