Heat pumps are among the most popular systems for home comfort now available, and it’s easy to understand why: not only do they offer both heating and air conditioning in a single unit, but they cost far less to run as heaters than most gas-powered systems. According to a U.S. government study, a family of four that switches from a furnace to a heat pump can save up to 30% off their heating bills each year.
However, if you’ve looked into heat pumps, you may have come across an important caution regarding: they do not work ideally in all climates, and in some cases must combine with a back-up heater to make them efficient. (This is known as a “dual fuel heating system” or “hybrid system.”)
However, you shouldn’t worry: heat pumps are usually ideal for Arizona temperatures. If you are interested in looking into heat pumps in Catalina, AZ, call Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today to look over your options.
Heat Pumps: Heating and Cooling Efficiency
The reason that heat pumps can sometimes struggle with efficiency is because they operate through heat exchange: moving heat from one place to another. When in heating mode, they move heat from the outdoors to the indoors… and if the temperature falls below freezing, it becomes much harder for heat pumps to extract the necessary heat from the outside air.
However, only a few places in Arizona experience temperatures that drop that low during the winter, so heat pumps rarely have difficulty supplying sufficient heat. As for their air conditioning power—vital for life in Arizona—they have the same effective cooling ability as any standard air conditioner of comparable size.
But Just in Case…
There is always the possibility that your home might not benefit from a heat pump on its own. In this situation, you can choose to have a dual fuel heating system put in. This connects the heat pump to a gas- or propane-powered furnace, and the furnace turns on only when the heat pump cannot handle a lower temperature. It only costs a slight bit more to run a hybrid than a standard heat pump.
Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning offers both standard heat pumps and dual fuel heating systems. We’ll help you choose the model and size that will give you the best comfort all year round. For heat pumps or other heating system services in Catalina, AZ, look to us for reliable and fast service.