Not all Heat Pumps are Equal: Know the Facts Before Making a Purchase

Share Article

Homeowners can ensure comfort this winter with these insights from Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning.

Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning | Improve Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning | Improve Heating and Cooling Efficiency

All heat pumps redistribute heat from one location to another and act as a center for temperature moderation. Rather than installing both a traditional furnace and air conditioner, homeowners can install a heat pump and use one unit to both cool down the home in the summer and keep the home warm in the winter.

Heat pumps are an excellent HVAC choice for moderate climates—regions that experience extreme temperatures will not benefit as much from a heat pump since the amount of energy it takes to convert one extreme temperature to another is significantly higher than transforming one moderate temperature to its opposite.

Because not all heat pumps perform their heating and cooling tasks in quite the same way, homeowners should select the unit that best fits their needs regarding size and cost:

Air-source heat pumps

  •     Uses a compressor and refrigerant installed in an outdoor unit on the exterior of the home to transfer or remove heat from interior of the home.
  •     Can both heat and cool through a compressor and reversing valve that moves refrigerant in opposite directions depending on whether heat needs to be added or removed from the home.

Ground-source heat pumps

  •     Rather than using the outside air as the heat source and repository, ground-source heat pumps take heat from the ground in the winter or disperse heat to the ground in the summer.
  •     Liquid-filled pipes buried underground absorb heat from the ground during the heating season and move excess heat to the ground during the cooling season. This method transfers heat from the source and delivers it to—or away from—the home.

Selecting and installing a new heat pump system has the potential for significant savings for homeowners on their heating and cooling costs—and those who opt to install a heat pump could be eligible for energy-efficient tax credits and utility rebates.

Contact Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to learn more about heat pumps and determine which one might be right for your home.

About Jacobs Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.

Operating out of Southeast Portland, Jacobs HVAC (CCB #1441) offers residential and commercial customers the best in heating and air conditioning equipment, installation and repair. Since 1952, Jacobs has provided solutions for energy conservation and reduction, backed by the company’s extensive experience and expertise. The local HVAC company offers heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, fireplace inserts and more. Jacobs is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and a Daikin 3D Network dealer, as well as a trade ally of the Energy Trust of Oregon. For more information, visit

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Michael Desserault

Jennifer Cyr
Follow us on
Visit website