First we have to answer: What is a Heat pump?
For climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house; during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.
The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months. However, the efficiency of most air-source heat pumps as a heat source drops dramatically at low temperatures, generally making them unsuitable for cold climates, although there are systems that can overcome that problem.
The short answer to the question above is “No”. In cooling and heating mode the compressor is running most of the time. If you do the math with the cost of your gas bill and add it into your energy bill (for the winter months), it comes out about the same during the summer months. So you really didn’t save any money.
The only way you can really save money with a heat pump system is to look into the new inverter compressor technology with Daikin or Mitsubishi. With this new technology you will save money on your energy bills and stay warm. The reason is simple: with an inverter compressor, the compressor stays running at a low constant amperage (even on start-up). With a conventional compressor, when it starts to run the amperage spikes and then goes down to a low amperage. When your compressor spikes, so does your energy meter!
In some instances, a heat pump system can save the owner money through lower energy costs, but conventional heat pumps are not the most efficient way to save money in Lubbock. With the new inverter compressor technology you will be able to save money and have great efficiency along with it. Ask me about how a new Mitsubishi or Daikin system can help you save money.
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