Air-source heat pumps are not the best choice in cold northern states, with winter temperatures regularly falling below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. But here in Texas, where temperatures are consistently warmer, a heat pump is a great option.
Air, at any temperature above absolute zero, has energy. An air-source heat pump removes some of this energy, converting it to heat for space heating and/or hot water. Furthermore, designs include units so that heat moves in both directions: heating a building in the winter and cooling it in the summer.
For many in the South, it does not make a lot of sense to use a gas furnace. A heat pump is an efficient heating system that can act as a central air conditioner in summer. This means year-round comfort.
The climate in Wylie, Texas is ideal for performance and efficiency. At 47 degrees Fahrenheit, an air-source heat pump can extract three units of energy for each consumed. At 17 degrees Fahrenheit, there are two units of energy extracted for every unit of energy consumed. Wylie’s average high in January is 56 degrees, and the average low is 36 degrees.
Heat pumps today are not like the early models of the 1970s. They are more efficient and supplemental heat is not an issue. At the end of the day, you should not choose a gas furnace because someone told you all heat pumps are unsuitable. Consider your priorities. Heat pumps are an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient heating source. No, they don’t give blasts of high temperatures, but they do offer uniform and consistent heating.
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