There is a lot of information floating out there about heat pumps, some which is completely not true. So when you decide to buy one, it is important that you know some of these myths in order to make an informed decision concerning heating your home.
One of the most common heat pump myths to remember is that you are going to lower utility costs if you use portable heating units for individual rooms compared to using a central heating system that uses gas. It is true that it is going to take less energy to heat smaller spaces in your house separately, but when making your decision you will need to consider what each type of energy is going to cost you. The electricity you are going to use to heat portable heaters will be approximately five times more compared to the gas you will need to power heat pumps.
Another common heat pump myth is the belief that turning the heating unit’s thermostat to its highest setting will warm the house faster and as a result help save energy costs. This is not true because your heating system is not going to pump more heat than what it has been designed to accommodate when it is turned on. If you raise the thermostat, the furnace is only going to run longer but the house it not going to warm faster. More heat will be going to waste as well as the fuel it took to generate it if you do that.
There is another heat pump myth that makes people believe that ceiling fans are not supposed to be used during winter months. Well, it is important to know that different seasons need opposite fan directions. If you set a fan’s switch in a way that allows it to rotate the blades in the opposite direction during colder months, it forces the upper warm air back down into the room. This makes it easier for the heating system to work by recirculating the readily available heated air.
Another common heat pump myth to remember is the one that says that replacing your old windows with ones that have high energy saving ratings will significantly lower the energy costs. Though this sounds good in theory, you will need to calculate what it is going to cost you to replace all the windows. You can use other ways that are much cheaper to lower the energy consumption of your house. For instance, you can install cheap weather strips to exterior doors and use insulation for blocking drafts from electrical outlets, duct work as well as spaces around pipes. Together with heat pumps in your house, you will save a lot by using such methods to ensure that your house is well-ventilated.
Some people also believe that heat pumps are only meant to be used for heating. That is not true because they have a reverse valve that reverses the flow of the coolant throughout the system. This allows energy to move in more than one direction and as a result the system can be used for both heating and cooling.