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If you've been shopping for a new heating system, you've undoubtedly heard of a heat pump system. While these types of systems are initially more expensive, they are much more energy efficient than a traditional forced air furnace. In addition, a heat pump can both heat your home in the winter and cool your home in the summer. Heat pumps are ideally suited for the mild winters and humid summers of the American southeastern states.
A heat pump system makes good use of the naturally heated and cooled air that exists just beneath the ground surrounding your house. The system transfers this naturally conditioned air to the interior of your home and circulates it throughout your living spaces. Since the system doesn't have to expend energy in creating heated air via combustion, it uses much less energy than a traditional furnace. For those extra cold days, most heat pump systems also include an auxiliary combustion furnace that only kicks in when the ground temperature is insufficient to heat your home.
In addition to saving energy (and money), heat pump systems are much quieter than the blower on a traditional furnace. You might also be able to qualify for a energy saving tax credit on your federal tax return if you have a heat pump system installed by the end of 2016. Lastly, since little to no combustion is needed to heat your home with a heat pump, such a system is safer for your family, since it only creates potentially hazardous CO2 and other combustion gases when the auxiliary system is running.
To learn more about how a heat pump system can both heat AND cool your North Carolina home, contact All City Heat and Air today!
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