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Can My Heat Pump Keep Up When It’s Over 110 degrees Outside?

This year’s summer has boasted some of the highest temperatures on record. As we transition into fall and children return to school, the mercury continues to rise. Meteorologists predict that we will continue to break record temperatures throughout September. In the scorching heat, homeowners are confronted with a “burning” question: Can my heat pump keep up?

How A Heat Pump Cools Your Home

A heat pump providing cooling services? If it seems backward to you, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are confused about a heat pump’s function. A heat pump can provide your house with some much needed summer relief by pushing warm inside air to the outside. Some think that a heat pump may have trouble keeping up with summer swelter, but this is a common misconception. In fact, heat pumps are more likely to have trouble keeping up in bitterly cold climates, since they rely on pulling heat from the ground or water.

HVAC experts maintain heat pumps cool a home just as effectively as a standard air conditioner, no matter what the heat index.

Heat Pump Cooling: Other Misconceptions

If you’re considering a heat pump to provide warming and cooling services for your home, know the common misconceptions and truths surrounding them:

Heat Pump Efficiency

While heat pumps may cool a home just as efficiently as any other conditioner, they also won’t be any more efficient. Some homeowners assume that heat pumps help save money. While there’s no difference between air conditioners and heat pumps with regard to efficiency, there are differences between models. A high-efficiency model will save you more on your utility bills, for example.

Heat Pump Benefits

Heat pumps do help save cash in other ways. The main benefit of a heat pump is that you can use it for heating and cooling, so you don’t have to pay for installation and maintenance of two devices. And a heat pump can save you money on your winter heating bills—they can be 30-40% more efficient in the winter. When the temperature dips below 30 degrees, a heat pump generates its own heat, which costs a little extra. If you live in a climate with temperatures consistently under freezing, a heat pump may not be your best option.

How Much Does a Heat Pump Cost?

Makes and models vary, but in general, expect to pay $800–$1,500 for purchase and installation. Only trust a qualified HVAC specialist to install your unit. Improper installation can actually lead to higher energy bills.

Do They Require More Maintenance?

Like all appliances, your heat pump requires maintenance to keep it running at maximum efficiency. Just as you get a summer tune-up for your air conditioner, get one for your heat pump. Expect it to cost around $100.

Heat pumps are a smart heating and cooling option for many homeowners. They provide maximum efficiency while pulling double duty—and you don’t have to worry about a heat pump keeping up in hot summer temperatures. For more information about heat pumps and how they work, contact us today.