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Should I Install a Heat Pump?

By Dave Trosdahl on August 4th, 2009

Because of their energy savings, heat pumps are quickly gaining in popularity. Most homeowners are unaware of how a heat pump works and how it could add value to their home’s heating and cooling system by saving energy and money. This article, written in easy to understand terms, explains how a heat pump can find heat in the winter even in a northern climate like Minnesota.

Although our skin tells us differently, when it’s cold outside there is still heat which can be brought indoors. And, when it’s hot outside there is still cool air which can be used to cool your home. Here’s how heat pumps work in our four very distinct seasons in Minneapolis, St Paul, MN:

September through December in Minnesota, temperatures start to fall. A heat pump will start to find warm air outside and bring it indoors. A heat pump works like a window air conditioner which has been put in your window backwards! Your furnace will barely run except when it gets really cold, at night for example.

Winter is usually well under way starting sometime in December and in Minnesota, it doesn’t let up much until March. Even so, there are many days where the temperature climbs above +20 degrees. On warm winter days, your furnace will most likely not even run, your heat pump will takeover. Think of the money you will save!!!

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  1. Charles says:

    Here is another explaination of how geothermal heat pumps work. http://geothermalexperts.net/residential_systems.html

    August 19th, 2009 at 12:30 am

  2. admin says:

    I love the geothermal illustration, that’s awesome. Great explanation on geothermal systems too by the way.

    October 29th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  3. Air Zero says:

    Geothermal is the way to go, a lot of up front expense though.

    December 12th, 2009 at 12:03 am

  4. Dave Trosdahl says:

    Did you try to rhyme intentionally? 🙂 Seriously though, yes you are right. The installation of a geothermal heat pump is very expensive and should only be considered by those homeowners who have just purchased their home or those who have no plans of moving in the near future. It is an investment and should be viewed as such. Very few will argue that the payoff is huge for those who install a geothermal heat pump.

    December 12th, 2009 at 8:18 am

  5. Geothermal Heat Pumps says:

    Though it is expensive the maintenance for the pump is rare!

    March 23rd, 2010 at 10:54 pm

  6. Fire Fly says:

    Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular with every passing day. By installing a heat pump in your home you will minimize electricity bills by a huge margin as well as effectively reducing electricity consumption at the same time.

    September 14th, 2010 at 8:44 am

  7. Fire Fly says:

    When properly installed, an air source heat pump will effectively deliver one and a half to three times more heat energy to your home than the electrical energy it consumes.

    September 20th, 2010 at 6:54 am

  8. air water heat pump says:

    I would like to inform you that market of heat pumps is developing very soon, even in many developing countries.

    October 2nd, 2010 at 6:46 am

  9. Thermopompe says:

    With my heat pump, I get air cooling and heating for the same annual cost :0)

    October 19th, 2010 at 10:11 am

  10. NZ Heat pump says:

    Though it is quite expensive and very tedious to install, it can provide comfort through the years and basically pay for itself also. Thanks!

    December 8th, 2010 at 3:09 am

  11. Pieter West says:

    Heat pumps are increasing in popularity! Like mentioned the upfront expense in high but the return is higher, you end up saving much more than you would pay for it. I found an interesting article about heat pump reviews that I found to be quite informative!

    February 11th, 2011 at 7:22 am

  12. airheat pumps says:

    It is recommended installing air source heat pump that uses outdoor air as source of energy. This is the cheapest solution for those who are under budget, but can be less effective in comparison to others.

    February 20th, 2011 at 3:02 am

  13. Zohaar says:

    These are very expensive but they are a great benifit and save lots fo money over time.

    February 22nd, 2011 at 2:43 am

  14. Zohaar says:

    These are great inveatments for companies

    February 22nd, 2011 at 2:45 am

  15. airheat pumps says:

    People should support the use of heat pumps for it is helpful to the environment. Air heat pumps generate heat without the carbon emission. It is really an eco-friendly pump at low cost.

    March 5th, 2011 at 5:07 am

  16. airheat pumps says:

    Technological advancements of heat pump as an efficient household heating and cooling appliance has impressed many people lately. It is a system that can definitely provide your house the most satisfactory heat without spending much on utility bills.

    March 6th, 2011 at 10:20 am

  17. airheat pumps says:

    Heat pump is great way to kill chills in winter days. It is a wise decision to invest on a top quality heat pump which is efficient and can last for long years. There are many choices available in the market today that will suit your every need. Just make sure to have some referrals or do a little research about it

    April 21st, 2011 at 8:35 am

  18. Heat Pump Reviews says:

    I would recommend geothermal heat pumps over air to air heat pumps to anyone, even if they are a bit more pricey up front. I’ve had geothermal for about 8 years and it has been absolutely great. I also have radiant flooring and hot water through it, so it is kinda like a 3 in 1 combo lol. Geo is super efficient too, I’m glad I made the investment.

    May 4th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

  19. fujitsu heat pumps says:

    It’s a must in many countries like ours, here in New Zealand we need to install these heat pumps to overcome coldness on winter. And we choose heat pumps rather than some other products because its can also serve as a cooling device on summer it doubles its purpose. I’ currently using fujitsu heat pumps and its amazing. Its innovation through out the season.

    May 30th, 2011 at 2:10 am

  20. fujitsu heat pumps says:

    Yeah! And considering that it can be used dual purpose that saves you allot. Currently i use fujitsu heat pumps here in New Zealand and it works very well.

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:10 pm

  21. Shawn says:

    We supply & install heat pumps but are they really the answer? A heat pump works exactly like a air conditioner and utilizes the heat generated from the chemical reaction to heat water. However I personally feel solar geyers are the future as they are not as dependent on electricity and will the rising costs of energy and demand I feel going solar is key and heat pumps will soon fade away.

    July 14th, 2011 at 3:09 am

  22. heat pump installation diy says:

    Geothermal is indeed good but is very costly. For a good installation you need to shell out over $20k and that’s way too much.

    August 5th, 2012 at 4:55 am

  23. Anjaneya says:

    Geothermal is indeed good but is very costly. For a good installation you need to shell out over $20k and that’s way too much. I would definitely want to go for affordable options.

    August 5th, 2012 at 4:56 am

  24. Bergvärme says:

    In principle, a geothermal heat pump functions like a predictable heat pump, by using high-pressure refrigerant to detain and move temperature between indoors and out.

    December 22nd, 2012 at 11:59 pm

  25. Bergvärme says:

    The variation is that usual systems congregate their heat—and get rid of it—all the way through the outside air. Geothermal systems, in dissimilarity, transmit warmth through long loops of liquid-filled pipe covered in the ground.

    December 23rd, 2012 at 1:30 am

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