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Controlling the energy use in your Hillsborough, North Carolina, home is vital to keeping your monthly utility bills down and reducing the carbon footprint of your home. One way to help lower the energy use in your home is by installing a heat pump.

What Is a Heat Pump and How Does It Work?

A heat pump is a mechanical-compression system that can be used to heat and cool your home. The system is made up of an indoor air handler unit and an outdoor unit, and it works by exchanging heat between indoor and outdoor air, depending on the season. In the summer, heat from inside your home is transferred outdoors for a cooling effect. In the winter, heat from outside your home is transferred indoors to warm the air.

How Can a Heat Pump Improve Energy Efficiency?

Traditional HVAC systems create their own heat using energy from a fuel source such as gas, propane, or electricity. Heat pumps, on the other hand, simply transfer heat from one space to another, which requires much less energy.

The only time your heat pump will use energy to create heat is during extremely cold temperatures, when it cannot pull enough warmth from the outdoor air to heat your home. Even then, your heat pump will keep you comfortable by switching into emergency mode and providing electric heating. To maximize savings in the face of extreme cold, some homeowners choose to supplement their heat pump with a fuel-burning system that only kicks in when needed.

Regardless, for the vast majority of the year, a heat pump is among the most efficient heating and cooling options available to North Carolina homeowners. By switching over from a traditional HVAC system, you can improve energy use in your home without sacrificing your family’s comfort.

Have you been noticing higher energy bills or less comfortable temperatures in your home? A heat pump may be the solution. Enjoy the energy efficiency of a heat pump by contacting A&E Heating and Air Conditioning at 919-229-8607 today.

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