Do Heat Pumps Use a Lot of Electricity?

Tips for using a heat pump more effectively

heat pumps Sommerset County, NJ At Dixon Energy, we are immensely proud of our skilled and experienced team. Our technicians install and service gas and oil-fired heating systems. We also handle central air conditioning equipment and electric heat pump systems.

In Somerset County and across northern New Jersey, the households we serve come in many shapes and sizes. Some are historic houses, and others have been built in the last ten years. No two Garden State homes are the same, and every family has different heating and cooling needs. So, when customers ask if installing a whole house heat pump is a good investment, here is some of the guidance we provide.

How does a heat pump work?

Heat pumps work differently from furnaces or boilers. They don’t actually produce heat to distribute through your home. Instead, they move heat between the inside and outside of our home, which gives them the ability to provide both heating and cooling.

When it’s cold outside, a heat pump absorbs heat from the outdoor air using refrigerant. The system then transfers the heat to indoor air handlers, where it’s distributed inside.

The process reverses in warm months. The heat pump absorbs heat from inside your home, expels it outside and returns cool air inside.

Do heat pumps increase your electricity usage?

If you change your home’s heating system to an electric heat pump, you can expect to see your electricity consumption go up throughout the winter. However, much of this increase will be offset by a reduced need for natural gas, propane or heating oil.

The extent to which you see your electric bills increase will depend on how large your home is, how well-insulated it is and how often you use your HVAC equipment.

How can you most effectively use a heat pump?

As you might imagine, some households benefit more from heat pumps than others. Here are four tips for using a heat pump effectively.

  1. Take advantage of “zoned” heating and cooling systems. The air handlers of most heat pump systems can function independently. This allows you to save money by only running them in certain parts of your home.
  2. Choose the best placement for your equipment. Ductless heat pump systems have the benefit of a quick, adaptable installation. We can work with you to get you the best heating and cooling with the least amount of equipment.
  3. Set a temperature and stick with it. Heat pumps work better when you don’t fiddle with the temperature too much.
  4. Keep your outdoor equipment clear. Check in on your outdoor condenser regularly to ensure it isn’t blocked by weeds or debris.

Are heat pumps a good investment?

Converting a whole home’s HVAC system to a heat pump can be pretty expensive. It can often be a better investment to purchase a more efficient gas- or oil-fired furnace or boiler. Additionally, while heat pumps provide excellent, consistent air conditioning, they can often struggle to adequately warm a home during periods of sustained freezing temperatures. Quite a few Dixon Energy heat pump customers still have furnaces or boilers for supplemental heat in the coldest part of winter.

Dixon Energy is your heat pump partner.

If you want to explore your heat pump options, come to the HVAC experts at Dixon Energy. With over a century of experience serving New Jersey homes, we have handled countless heating and cooling installations. We’ll work with you to find the best HVAC equipment to safeguard your year-round comfort — and your wallet.

The Dixon Energy team is always ready to help with your home comfort needs. Contact us today for a FREE estimate.