HEAT PUMPS IN SEATTLE
Hello, Steve here for FurnaceUSA and if you’re looking for a heat pump in Seattle, you’ve come to the right place. We specialize in heat pumps Seattle here at FurnaceUSA. Heat pumps are a very interesting thing and they’ve become much more common going back about five or six years ago, just because proportionally electric was less expensive to heat with when you’re using a heat pump as compared to gas.
When you’re using a heat pump in Seattle, if you’re choosing to exclusively use a heat pump, it will be more efficient down to a certain temperature. The challenge is, below a certain temperature, if you’re exclusively using a heat pump in Seattle, it actually becomes more expensive, because you’re choosing to use electricity to heat your house, as opposed to using gas to heat your house.
HEAT PUMP VS. GAS FURNACE
If you have a gas furnace in Seattle, it’s relatively straightforward. The gas comes into your house, it comes into usually a forced air furnace or a boiler, and heats up your Seattle home, and it’s as simple as that. Your gas costs remain relatively the same, no matter what temperature it is, except you’re using more gas as it gets colder, because your house is losing heat faster.
A heat pump is a different type of piece of equipment. A Seattle heat pump, it sits outside, an air heat pump, it sits outside, there’s other types of heat pumps but, 99% of everything in Seattle is air heat pumps. It sits outside your home. It brings in basically heated refrigerant into your house, that gets distributed throughout your home.
HEAT PUMP VS AIR CONDITIONER IN SEATTLE
A heat pump and an air conditioner is essentially the same box, except in the winter time, it reverses itself. To explain a bit more, an air conditioner in the summer time, what it does, it removes heat from the inside of your house and it brings the heat outside and gets rid of it. A heat pump running essentially in reverse, is absorbing heat from the outside, it’s bringing that heat inside, and then it’s distributed throughout the house.
You can run a heat pump in Seattle down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, depending on the type of equipment. The problem is, the challenge is, as it gets colder, you should’ve just used your gas furnace, because it’s having to spend so much electricity trying to suck heat out of the air in Seattle, that it’s wasting energy and spending more than it would have on your gas furnace.
So, usually when you have a heat pump in Seattle, you also have a gas furnace connected to it. And the reason is, sometimes it gets colder than what the heat pump can handle, but secondly, you need to create a switchover point when you stop using your heat pump in Seattle and start using your furnace. So, if you go back five years, when proportionally electricity was a little bit less expensive, you could run your heat pump down to freezing, sometimes a little bit colder, minus a few degrees. But, as the temperatures outside get colder, electricity’s gotten more expensive, you need to actually switch from using your heat pump to your your gas furnace.
Heat pumps, there’s a lot of things to consider when you’re buying them, but if you want to learn more about heat pumps in Seattle, for your Seattle area home, just contact us, contact FurnaceUSA.
I’m Steve, I’m the owner of FurnaceUSA. Contact us, We hope to talk to you soon. Thank you.