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Heat pumps have been gaining in popularity recently in the state of California. Customers are finding that they not only getting heat in winter and cooling in summer, but they also have reduced utility bills, more even temperatures in their home, and are helping the environment as well. Heat pumps can be up to 50% more efficient than other forced air heating systems, which makes them the top choice for consumers who are looking to save money on their bills and avoid using up natural resources like gas or propane. Not to mention that a heat pump adds resale value to your home.
There are several different kinds of heat pumps, the most common is an air source Heat Pump. What this means is that the unit is utilizing the heat within the air and converting that energy to be able to heat or cool your home. Just like there are hybrid cars, there are also hybrid heat pump systems. Instead of having an air handler for the indoor unit, a gas furnace is used. The indoor unit works as the backup for the heat pump. When the temperature gets too low outside, the heat pump can’t work as efficiently, so the gas furnace essentially takes over and helps heat the home, making it a hybrid system.
Typical heat pump systems include two parts, the heat pump that sits outside your home, and the air handler. The heat pump itself is what converts the heat in the air to the usable heating or cooling and is connected to the air handler by refrigerant piping. The refrigerant piping transfers the heated or cooled refrigerant to the air handler, where it goes into the indoor coil. Air flows over the coil and into your home through your duct system, bringing you an even and comfortable temperature all year long.
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