If you are thinking of having a heat pump installed in your home to help heat it and keep your energy bills lower during the winter, then you are underestimating just what these pumps can do. While heat pumps are most widely known for their ability to heat homes, once you find out what else they are useful for, you may realize that heat-pump technology is useful for more than just heating the air in your home. You can then use other heat pumps to lower your other energy bills year-round.
1. They Can Cool Your Home
Not only can some heat pumps cool your home, but you don't even have to install two separate units and use one in the summer and the other in the winter. A reversible heat pump can keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
This type of heat pump was touted as a "reversible air-conditioner" when it was first introduced to the market, as it does operate in a similar manner to a home air-conditioning system. However, it uses additional technology that reverses the flow of air in the winter -- in the summer it pushes warm air out of the home, while in the winter it pushes warm air into the home.
Like most other air-source heat pumps, if you live in a very cold climate, your furnace or other main home heating system may need to kick in when temperatures drop extremely low in the winter. However, even when it kicks on, it will not have to work as hard when your heat pump is helping to keep your home warm, as well.
2. They Can Heat Your Water
One of the newest ways heat-pump technology is being used is to help heat water in your home's hot water tank. There are hot water tanks with built-in heat pumps, and there are water tank add-ons you can add to your existing tank if it is not time for a replacement yet.
While a hot water tank with heat-pump technology should be connected to a traditional energy source to help heat water, the heat pump can minimize the tank's need to use this energy as much. You may even be able to rely on the heat-pump alone during the summer if you keep your hot water heater in a garage or any room in your home not cooled by air-conditioning.
Most have variable settings you can customize. You can set it to use whatever it needs to keep your water at the right temperature, or you can set it to heat water just as hot as the heat pump can alone to save more energy.
3. They Can Heat Your Pool
A heat pump swimming pool heater can be used to heat both indoor and outdoor pools. Instead of shifting warm air to another location, it harnesses the heat warm air produces to heat the water in the pool. These heat pumps work in a somewhat similar fashion to the hot water tank heat pumps but on a much larger scale.
While a swimming pool heat pump won't heat an outdoor pool to a comfortable swimming temperature in the middle of a freezing winter, it can heat your outdoor pool water to as high as 82-degrees F when outdoor air temperatures are as low as 45-degrees F.
These pumps work well on indoor pools as well, and by harnessing the warmer indoor air temperatures, you are likely to be able to heat your pool to a very comfortable temperature year-round using just this pump.
Heat pumps have been around for quite a while, but their reputation as only home-heating devices needs to end. They have so many other uses today that can help people live more eco-friendly lifestyles and lower their energy bills.