What Are Heat Pumps Used For?

An all-in-one system for home cooling and supplemental heating.

heat pumps Cecil County, MD Heat pumps have been popular in Europe and the southern U.S. for some time, but they are starting to gain usage in our part of the country, too. Poore’s Propane and Oil customers have been asking us about these all-electric HVAC systems. We install lots of heat pump systems in Cecil County and nearby areas of central Delmarva. Let us go through what a heat pump is and why this equipment is becoming so popular.

What is a heat pump?

Heat pumps are all-in-one heating and cooling systems that can be installed in houses without ductwork. They don’t generate heat the way a boiler or furnace does. Instead, they provide cooling and warmth to your home by transferring heat between indoor and outdoor spaces.

A ductless air-source heat pump has two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handler. These units are connected by thin pipes containing power cables, refrigerant lines and other connectors. The pipes pass through your walls, and you can connect several air handlers to one outdoor unit.

How do heat pumps work?

In warm weather, the air handling units of a heat pump system draw in warm air from your home. The heat is transferred outside via the refrigerant lines and expelled. Then, the air handler returns cooled air to your home.

In cooler months, these systems reverse the process. They absorb heat from the outdoor air and transfer it indoors to your home.

Since the heat pump relies on ambient heat in cold outdoor air, it may struggle during periods of extreme and sustained freezing weather. Many Poore’s customers choose to hold onto their existing oil- or gas-powered heating equipment to provide backup heat on the coldest days of the year.

Why are the benefits of heat pumps?

There are many compelling reasons that more and more of our customers are installing heat pumps. In particular, they provide a long-term, high-efficiency cooling alternative to window A/C units for homes without ductwork. Additionally, because they can provide effective heating during milder parts of the fall and winter, they cut back on your annual gas or heating oil usage.

Here are some more considerable benefits of installing a heat pump:

  • Installation is relatively quick compared to installing full ductwork in your home. We can generally complete a whole-home ductless heat pump installation in one day with only drilling to mount and connect equipment.
  • They offer amazing, energy-saving efficiencies. Heat pumps can typically provide zoned heating and cooling where each indoor air handler operates independently. You only need to heat or cool the rooms that are occupied. Additionally, ductless HVAC equipment avoids the wasted energy of leaky ducts. You can enjoy considerable savings.
  • The equipment is sleek and discreet. You can say goodbye to bulky window units blocking your sunlight. Your indoor equipment is compact and attractively designed. We can work with you to install your air handlers so they cover the maximum area while staying out of sight.
  • They operate quietly. No more turning up your TV to hear it over loud window units.

Talk to Poore’s about a heat pump installation.

Heat pumps can be game-changers for many households. Are they right for your home? Reach out to Poore’s Propane and Oil. Our home comfort experts install and service furnaces, boilers, central A/C and heat pumps. We can look at your existing equipment and help you find a product that is perfect for your HVAC needs and budget.

Work with the team that has guaranteed the year-round comfort of countless homes in central Delmarva and eastern Pennsylvania. Reach out to Poore’s today.