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Consider a Heat Pump This Winter (They’re Pretty Awesome!)

Monday, November 4th, 2019

There are so many great heating systems on the market today, and of course, we would stick out our neck for any one of them! However, there is truly nothing that compares to the heat pump! Why? Because they’re highly efficient, effective, and have the ability to provide year-round comfort with just the flip of a switch (sounds like magic, right?)

Okay, perhaps we sound a bit overenthusiastic, but still, there are plenty of reasons to consider installing a heat pump in your home, and below, have listed some of them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (oh, and of course, remember to call us for all things heat pumps in Alexandria, VA.)

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Do I Need to Supplement My Heat Pump with Another Heating System? A Question from Washington

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

People often turn to heat pumps as a solution for their Washington home heating and cooling needs because they want a single, all-inclusive system that covers all the bases. The convenience and simplicity is part of the allure of choosing a heat pump to begin with.

However, it’s not always that simple. There are situations where a heat pump is not enough to handle the needs of the whole home. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the whole idea goes out the window, but the heat pump may need some help in the form of a supplementary heating supply.

Here are some reasons/situations that may call for a supplemental heat source in addition to a heat pump:

  1. A Particularly Cold Climate – Although heat pumps can serve as the primary heating system when temperatures drop as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit, they have trouble keeping up when the cold snap lasts longer than a few days. In any climate where temperatures dip below this mark for a length of time, a supplemental heating system is recommended.
  2. A Large Home – Heat pumps come in many different sizes, but if yours does not have the capacity to match the size of your home, then it won’t be able to heat the whole house. It’s as simple as that. If you are installing a new heat pump, be sure to get one that is properly sized. But, if you have an existing heat pump that is overmatched by your home’s size, simply supplementing it may be the easiest solution.
  3. The Power Goes Out – A heat pumps’ use of electricity is a benefit in most situations, but unfortunately it means they are helpless when the power goes out. To avoid suffering in the winter chill when a blizzard takes out a local power line, have a backup/supplemental heat source on hand to use until the power comes back on.

Those are a few situations you may encounter in which supplementing a heat pump is a good idea. Remember, though, that each situation is different. When installing a new heat pump, consult with the professional installer beforehand to see if you should also have a supplemental heat system in addition to the heat pump. This is especially important if you live a cold climate.

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