With so many heating options on the market, it’s little wonder that homeowners are often unsure which are best. Should you consider buying one that has more features and offers higher efficiency, or should you stay with the system you’ve already got?

If you’re considering a heat pump system, you can save a lot of money on installation even if you don’t already have a heat pump in your home. With summer cooling and winter heating ability and the capacity to utilize the existing ductwork in homes, heat pumps are proving to be the perfect solution for many homeowners.

Heat pumps are actually simple pieces of equipment. Heat pumps draw warmth from the air of one environment and deliver it to another environment. When you use your air conditioning with your heat pump, the heat pump removes the warmth of indoor air and pumps it outdoors, leaving your home cool and comfortable. It’s the same technology used by your freezer and refrigerator to keep food cold.

When heat pumps are used as home heating systems, they work in reverse to warm your home. A full system can switch back and forth between cooling and heating modes. In winter, the heat pump draws hidden warmth from the outdoors and pumps it indoors.

Heat pumps can heat and cool a home without the aid of furnaces and air conditioners in moderate climates. In more extreme climates, they work in conjunction with furnaces and air conditioners and decrease the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling.