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While traditional HVAC systems can do a great job of keeping your Savannah, Georgia, home comfortable, there are some other heating and cooling systems to consider. Heat pumps are a great alternative to traditional HVAC systems and are perfectly suited to the warmer Georgia climate. Here’s how they work and why they continue to be a popular option.

How a Heat Pump Works

A heat pump is constantly transferring heat — either to where it is needed or isn’t needed. There are three types of heat pumps:

  • Air-source heat pumps, which draw heat from the air.
  • Geothermal, or ground-source, heat pumps, which pull heat from the ground.
  • Water-source heat pumps, which draw heat from a body of water, like a river or lake.

Interestingly, even in winter, the air, ground, and water still contain some heat that will keep you and your family warm. During the summer, when cooling is needed, the heat pump works in reverse by pulling warm air out of the home and transferring it back into the air, ground, or water.

Why Heat Pumps Are Ideal for the Georgia Climate

Heat pumps don’t function effectively in subzero temperatures, but they’re ideal for Georgia’s subtropical climate that features humid summers and mild winters that seldom drop below freezing.

If you’re worried about a heat pump being unable to provide adequate heat on those rare occasions when temperatures do dip below freezing, rest easy. A heat pump typically has a heat strip for those short periods of time when you need heat. You can also have a technician install a dual-fuel heat pump, which includes a backup furnace. When the weather turns frigid, simply switch from using the heat pump to using the furnace and your home will remain warm and cozy. Here are some other reasons you’ll want to consider having a heat pump installed.

Compact Size

Traditional heating and cooling systems are bulky, with indoor and outdoor components and extensive ductwork. But heat pumps have just one unit for both the heating and cooling components. The main unit is usually located outdoors and connects to an indoor air handler.

Energy-Efficiency

Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than traditional HVAC systems, so you should see savings on your energy bill. Because of their energy efficiency, you might also benefit from local incentives and rebates after installing a heat pump.

Durability

Heat pumps can give you 10 to 15 years of service if you invest in a high-quality heat pump. Extend the life of your unit by hiring a professional to conduct regular maintenance. And if your heat pump breaks down or needs parts replaced, it’s important to use only a licensed HVAC contractor to perform repairs and install parts.

Functional Multi Zoning

Zoned systems are convenient and a great way to save money. With a mini-split ductless heat pump system, you can connect the outdoor unit to multiple indoor units in various rooms. This lets you heat or cool areas that are occupied and not the empty rooms. It also means individual rooms can be set to their own temperatures, ending family squabbles over temperature control.

Environmental Impact

If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home, switch to a heat pump. Furnaces rely on electricity and fossil fuels like gas and oil. But heat pumps work on an energy transfer principle and simply move warm or cool air from one area to another.

If you’re considering replacing your traditional HVAC system, speak to us at Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning about installing a heat pump in your home. We have NATE-certified technicians ready to install, service, and repair your heat pump, keeping you and your family comfortable all year. Call us today at 912-250-5771.