A Guide from a Tampa Contractor: Just How Much Heat Can a Heat Pump Produce?

Heat pumps are interesting devices in how they operate. They quite literally draw heat from the air outside and transfer it into your Brandon home. But, how exactly does this work? It’s actually surprisingly simple.

Heat is energy and energy is in all things. As air cools, it has less energy, but it still has some energy. A heat pump can extract that energy from the outdoor air at temperatures much cooler than you’d expect. However, there is a limit. For example, most heat pumps work best at temperatures at or above 50 degrees F. Those same heat pumps tend to only produce heat down to temperatures of between 40 and 50 degrees F and almost no heat pumps will produce sufficient heat after they reach the 37 degree F mark.

Supplemental Emergency Heat Is a Must

Because heat pumps are only effective as long as the temperature outside is warmer than your refrigerator, you should have an emergency source of heat – usually a gas or electric furnace. Some heat pumps come in packaged systems that include a small gas or electric heating unit to provide supplemental heat. Others can be connected to an existing furnace in your home’s heating system. Your technician can outline for you the best setup for supplemental, emergency heat.

Maximizing Efficiency

To ensure your heat pump draws as much heat as possible during the cooler months of the year, perform regular maintenance and keep the area around the device clear. Ice, snow or even water can cool the air around the device further and make it hard to extract enough energy to warm your home. Clean your filters on schedule as well and make sure your heat pump is properly serviced by a professional every fall, before the heating season begins. A well maintained heat pump will work through the majority of the fall and winter.

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