Reduce Your Heating Bills During Winter

In order to survive Cleveland winters, you have to run your HVAC system day and night to keep your home warm and cozy.  Can you imagine going a day without heat when the temperatures are hovering around or drop below 30 degrees?  However, you get an even bigger chill when you open up your utility bill and see that astronomically high gas amount due!  But what can you do? It’s a sacrifice that Clevelanders make in order to stay warm and comfortable all winter long.  Or is it? What if we didn’t have to make that sacrifice?

What is a heat pump?Atella_Danfoss_XRay_medium

A heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system. It can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. The system consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler, and an outdoor unit called a heat pump. A heat pump works as a heat transporter, constantly moving warm air from one place to another, either to where it is needed or where it is not needed. For instance, when it is cold outside, a heat pump extracts the outside heat and brings it inside and when it’s warm outside, it reverses the process and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home. Pairing your gas heating system with a heat pump powered by electricity can save you substantially on fuel consumption.

Why pair and not just use electrical heat pump?

Remember, a heat pump is best used for moderate climates. However, Cleveland temperatures will not allow enough warmth in the outside air for homeowners to heat their homes by running only a heat pump. On those days when the air outside is bitterly cold, the heat pump will not be able to pull enough warmth out of the air to generate enough heat to get the home’s interior temperatures at a comfortable level. On those days when this happens, it is better to have your gas heat paired with a heating pump, so that you can use the gas at your primary heating source.  
By having both systems in your house, you have the flexibility to choose which system will cost you less to run, but still give you the desired outcome. When temperatures outside are milder, and the homeowner uses the heat pump, they are taking a huge load off of their HVAC system, extending its life by using it less frequently and allowing themselves the option of reducing their utility bills.

Energy Efficient Heating

Pairing the heat pump with new energy efficient heating unit will increase your energy savings even more! The new energy efficient HVAC systems on the market have an energy efficiency rating of 95%. So if your heating system is 10 to 20 years old, you are losing money because your system is not functioning at a maximum efficiency level when compared with newer models.  Many people feel like the expense to replace their HVAC system is a huge cost. However, many homeowners fail to realize that it is an investment that in a couple of years will pay for itself in energy savings. Budget Heating and Air Conditioning, your Cleveland HVAC professionals, know and can recommend quality and reliable HVAC systems brands, such as LENNOX and TRANE, that will offer the perfect option for your home and budget.

We at Budget understand that it is not just about saving cash, for some it is about reducing their carbon footprint. We know that the more energy we are able to conserve, the more we are able to preserve the resources on the planet. Using less gas also decreases the quantity of destructive greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. 

Even if you decided not to add a heat pump to your home’s heating system, a Budget Ohio HVAC professional can still assist you in upgrading your HVAC system to a more energy efficient model that will help you conserve energy and reduce your bills. Call us today for a free estimate.

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