Frequently Asked Questions About Heat Pumps
How do I know if I can use an add-on heat pump with my furnace? An add-on heat pump can be installed in both new and existing homes, whether the furnace operates on natural gas, oil, propane or electricity. In most cases, the ductwork will be the same.
Is it true that a heat pump runs longer than a furnace? Yes. That is because a heat pump heats your entire home more evenly, unlike a gas furnace that delivers hot bursts of air, leaving "pockets" of cool air.
Is a heat pump as efficient for cooling as a central air conditioner? Yes. A heat pump and a central air conditioner with equal SEER ratings cool with the same efficiency.
What maintenance would I have to perform on an add-on heat pump? It is as easy to maintain as a central air conditioner. Change filters regularly and keep the outdoor unit free of grass, leaves, shrubbery and other debris. Have it checked annually by a qualified service technician to ensure efficient operation.
Since the heat pump seems similar to an air conditioner and yet runs year-round, will it wear out sooner? No. Heat Pumps are engineered to run year-round, and recent technological advances have greatly improved reliability. The typical life expectancy for an add-on heat pump is 15 years or more, and many models offer a 10-year warranty on the compressor.
Does a heat pump require a new duct system? Rarely. The ductwork required by a heat pump is the same used by most central air conditioning systems.