Homeowners today have a wide variety of options for heating and air conditioning. Consider the pros and cons of adding a heat pump.
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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “Heating and air conditioning accounts for more than 50 percent of the energy you use to run your home, so being more efficient in these areas can save you big bucks each month. A heat pump might be your best way to improve the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Adding a heat pump can reduce the amount of electricity used for heating by as much as 30 percent.
Chris Cunningham, Service Plus Heating & Cooling: "A heat pump uses electricity and the refrigerant to absorb the heat from the air, like the latent heat from the air, and then it brings it into your house and expels it. So instead of burning fossil fuels you are actually using heat that is outside in the air. A heat pump is a good energy efficient option because instead of using natural gas to heat your home. On the milder days you are using electricity which is more efficient and better for the overall environment. There are areas where you can’t use a heat pump. Typically in the northern zones, Boston for instance wouldn’t be a good option because it’s too cold, but in the Midwest or in the southern states a heat pump is a very good option.”
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