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How Will a Heat Pump Perform in Northern Michigan’s Winter?

How Will a Heat Pump Perform in Northern Michigan's Winter?A heat pump in a northern Michigan home is a great way to cut your energy bills during certain points of the year. Since heat pumps generally do not work as well once the temperature dips below 30 degrees, you may not be able to get much use out of yours during winter nights. However, heat pumps are one of the best ways of heating your home efficiently during some winter days, as well as in the late fall, and early spring.

Heat pumps work almost like a reverse air conditioner. Heat is transferred by way of a refrigerant, just like in an air conditioner, from one place to another. A fan then blows this air into your ventilation system and your home ends up feeling more comfortable. Unlike an air conditioner, which takes heat from inside your home and deposits it outside, a heat pump takes heat from the air outside and pumps it into the house. Since there needs to be sufficient heat outside for heat pumps to work properly, you really cannot have one running once the temperature falls below freezing.

At a certain temperature, your heat pump will shut off and a difference source of heat, such as a conventional furnace, will kick on in order to keep your home warm. This temperature is called the balance point, and it is important to know what the balance point of your specific heat pump is, in order to both keep your home comfortable, and to realize the greatest amount of energy savings. You can help with your energy savings by using a programmable thermostat to make sure that your heat pump stays on until you reach your balance point, and the backup heating source takes its place.

For more information about how heat pumps work, to get one installed in your home, or for any other heating or cooling needs, get in touch with us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. With nearly 35 years of experience in the Grand Traverse County area, we can solve just about any problem in your home.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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