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Top Myths About Heat Pumps

Seattle Heat Pump Myths busted!

When it comes to heat pumps, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there. As leading providers of heat pumps in Seattle and the surrounding King County area, we’d like to dispel some of these myths so that you can make a more informed decision when it comes to heating your home.Heat Pumps Seattle

Myth #1: They are only used for heating

Heat pumps have what is known as a reversing valve that reverses the flow of coolant throughout the system. Since this allows energy to move in more than one direction, the unit can therefore be used for both heating and cooling. The settings you use on your thermostat will determine which direction Freon flows, so no further adaptations are needed.

Myth #2: Heat Pumps do not Work well in Cold Weather

Does Heat Pump Installation in Seattle or King county make sense? Yes our climate zone (climate zone 4 – 5 Marine) is well suited for heat pumps.  It's a common misconception because heat pumps warm your home by using the same Freon that’s used to cool it. Even so, they are very efficient at keeping your home nice and toasty, even on the coldest Washington winter days. Most systems can effectively heat an average sized home when temperatures outside are as low as -15 degrees Fahrenheit.

Myth #3: Heat Pumps are Noisy to Operate

The heat pumps of yesterday produced far more noise than recent models do. In fact, the amount of noise a heat pump produces is comparative to electric forced air or natural gas furnaces.

Myth #4: Heat Pumps are not Energy Efficient

The average heat pump sold to residential consumers has a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of 14, and models can be found that are rated as high as 19.5. Those with a rating of 14 SEER can be expected to save you around 43% in energy costs over an older model, while ones that are rated 19.5 will save you approximately 59%.

Myth #5: Heat Pumps are too Expensive for the Average Consumer

The fact is that heat pumps are very affordable when compared to other types of heating systems. This is even more true when you consider that two separate systems do not need to be installed in order to provide both heating and cooling.
Still have questions about a Seattle heat pump installation? If so, contact us for more information.

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  1. Thanks for this rundown of myths about heat pumps. Very informative article!