The Heater that cools / the air conditioner that heats
It is no secret that Arizona has a demanding climate, requiring efficient, reliable cooling all summer long, and effective heating in the short (but decidedly chilly) winter as well. For most homeowners, that means owning (and maintaining) an air conditioner and a furnace – which seems to be more expensive every year.
What if we said you could replace both your aging furnace and ever more maintenance-intensive hair conditioner with a single, ultra-efficient, low maintenance unit?
It is true. We can install a heat pump which will cool your home all summer long, then warm it all winter – and all for less than it costs to heat and cool your home now.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a way of removing the heat from your home efficiently throughout the warm months, and then reversing itself to pull heat back in from the earth itself when the weather turns cold.
And it does all that while using less power, and with a reduced need for maintenance and repairs. They’ve been around for decades, so the real question is: Why didn’t you get a heat pump years ago?
How do heat pumps actually work?
A heat pump is basically a “heat exchanger.” The same technology that runs your refrigerator and most air conditioning units, but applied in a much more efficient – and reversible – way.
It works by moving a refrigerant through sets of pipes inside and outside the home. In a residential heat pump, the external set of pipes is typically buried under the ground. We’ll explain why briefly.
In the summer, the refrigerant absorbs heat in your home, converting into a gas (‘boiling’ at a very low temperature) as it does. The gas (and the heat it carries) is piped to the external system, where it is compressed back into a liquid. This forces it to ‘dump’ the heat it absorbed in your home, causing it to dissipate harmlessly underground. When it finally does turn cold, the system simply runs backwards, absorbing heat from the ground and releasing it back into your home.
We bury the pipes deep in the ground because the solid earth makes a perfect reservoir for all that heat. During the winter, the ground is naturally much warmer than the air.
Is this environmentally friendly?
Completely. This harmless, totally renewable and carbon-neutral source of heat can be tapped and concentrated endlessly to keep you toasty warm.
You don’t even have to ‘charge’ the earth by dumping heat into it all summer, or ‘drain off’ the heat in the winter. It is such a huge volume of material that the input and output of a single home is literally a ‘drop in the ocean’ – and each home only taps into the heating and cooling capacity of the earth beneath it. This simply isn’t something you can ‘use up’ or ‘deplete’.
How would using a heat pump benefit me?
If you are ready to replace or upgrade your furnace, air conditioner, or both, then it is the perfect time to switch over to a heat pump. The biggest benefits to the user are:
- Incredible efficiency!
Heat pumps are really a LOT more efficient than traditional air conditioning. As much as 400% more efficient than many popular units. It could, literally, cost you ¼ what it does now to heat and cool your home in some cases.
- Mature, reliable technology
Heat pumps have been around for decades, and all the ‘bugs’ have been worked out. They can easily last 10-15 years and require little maintenance.
- Lower environmental impact
Gas furnaces, by their very nature, release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when they burn gas. They also dump a lot of heat directly into the outside air as exhaust. Heat pumps don’t burn anything, and only ‘sip’ electricity to move existing heat around.