Heat Pump FAQ
Why choose a heat pump?
Heat pumps can easily replace a standard air conditioner on most homes. A lot of times, it is as simple as replacing the outdoor AC unit and indoor AC coil. Unlike natural gas heaters, heat pumps have no potential of emitting harmful exhaust gases - like carbon monoxide - into the space being heated. If your home has solar panels, using a heat pump can be a great way to reduce the cost of heating your home. Compared to electric resistive heaters, heat pumps typically use much less electricity which lowers operating cost.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is part of a comfort system that uses electricity to both heat and cool a space. Many homes in Colorado have air conditioners that use electricity and heaters that use natural gas. Heat pumps are becoming more common as our world is shifting away from fossil fuels. Some heat pumps are capable of delivering heat with outdoor temperatures of -15 degrees fahrenheit or above. They can be six times more efficient than traditional electric heaters!
What are the different types of heat pumps?
There are three different types of heat pumps: air source (most common in Colorado), water source and geothermal. Air source systems use air to transfer heat into or out of a conditioned space. Water source systems use water to achieve heat transfer. Geothermal systems transfer heat using the ground.
Of these three types, a heat pump can be either ducted or ductless. A ducted system uses air ducts to deliver the conditioned air to the desired space (most common in Colorado). A ductless system does not use any external ducting. Ductless indoor units are often located in the same room that they serve.
How much does a heat pump cost?
Many factors affect the cost of installing a heat pump such as: equipment location, system efficiency, system capacity and scope of work. Whether your home has existing air conditioning or not can also have an affect on price. The total price can range from $5,000 to $20,000. Finance pricing for a new heat pump can start at $88 per month.