Debunking 3 Common Myths About Electric Heat Pumps

Are you looking for a way to increase energy efficiency at your home, especially during the colder months of winter? Are you tired of high heating bills? If so, then you might want to consider the option of having a heat pump installed on your property by a company like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc. Specifically, electric Trane heat pumps can move additional heat into your home during the winter and pump unwanted hot air out during the summer. Unfortunately, there are many myths floating around out there about electric heat pumps, so it's important that you know the truth behind them before you make a decision.

Myth #1: They Reduce Overall Air Quality

One of the biggest concerns people tend to have about electric heat pumps is that they're a breeding ground for bacteria; homeowners worry that heat pumps simply carry heat from outside sources and pump it into their homes without any kind of filtration whatsoever. In reality, this isn't how heat pumps work; most are equipped with filtration systems, and some even have self-cleaning functions. Furthermore, heat pumps can easily be washed with gentle soap and water, giving homeowners greater peace of mind when it comes to their indoor air quality.

Myth #2: They're Only Suitable for New Construction

Another misconception many homeowners seem to have about electric heat pumps is that they can't be easily installed retroactively. However, while they do tend to be more efficient in newer built homes due to better insulation, electric heat pumps aren't just for use in new construction. After all, they don't require the installation of any additional duct work, so as long as there's room for the heat pump unit itself on the homeowner's property, there's really no reason as to why one cannot be installed rather easily.

Myth #3: They Aren't Suitable for Cold Climates

Finally, don't fall for the myth that electric heat pumps can't be used in very cold climates. This isn't true. While it's recommended that homeowners have an alternative form of heat as an option if they live in an especially frigid climate (such as in the northern half of the United States), installation of an electric heat pump can increase energy efficiency and pay itself off in the long run regardless of the specific climate where it's located. 

Now that you know the truth behind a few of the most common electric heat pump myths, you can make a better informed decision as to whether or not an electric heat pump is right for you.