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Is a Heat Pump Effective Enough to Heat My Home?

If you are in the midst of looking for a new heating system or a replacement heating system, you may have come across a heat pump. These systems have many benefits, of which we’ll explain more about below, but there is some concern about whether or not a heat pump system can provide adequate heating to a home in Fairfield, OH. It takes some explaining to understand this concern, so let us shed some light on it for you.

Heating with a Heat Pump

Heat pumps do not generate heat like a furnace or boiler does. They heat and cool by transferring heat from one location to another. They are able to do this with the help of refrigerant in the system, which facilitates this transfer. During the winter months, a heat pump absorbs the available heat in the air, concentrates it, then uses that heat to warm your home. The concern with heat pumps comes when the air turns particularly cold. This is because as the temperature drops, the available heat in the air decreases, sometimes making it more challenging for a heat pump to heat adequately. However, there are two solutions to this: first, there are heat pumps now being made that have been manufactured to work in very cold temperatures. A second option is to use a back-up system, like a furnace, for those very cold days. Either option will provide the heat you need to stay warm all winter long.


So why consider a heat pump system? Here are some of the reasons why our customers have chosen them:

  • Great energy efficiency – because heat pumps use only a small amount of electricity to operate and no fossil fuels, they are very energy efficient systems.
  • Long lifespan – the average lifespan for a heat pump is 20 to 25 years while that of a traditional heating system like a furnace or boiler is 15 to 20.
  • Can also cool your home – heat pumps are 2-in-1 devices that will also cool your home during the summer months.

Don’t let misinformation misguide you when choosing a heating system. Instead, call the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling today and see if a heat pump is right for you!

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