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Do Heat Pumps Use Too Much Electricity?

Do Heat Pumps Use Too Much Electricity?

Smart comparisons for furnaces, boilers and heat pumps.

heat pumps Clifton, NJ Technology is changing pretty quickly these days. Think of a television from 15 years ago. Even a flat-screen model was bulky and heavy, and it lacked all smart TV features.

Today, seemingly every major purchase involves considerable research to find the most tech-forward, user-friendly and energy-efficient option. This is the case with home heating. At JW Pierson, our HVAC team installs and services a wide range of heating equipment. We have customers who still use boilers that are over 30 years old. Conversely, every year, we install new high-efficiency boilers and furnaces — plus a fair number of electric heat pumps.

We talk to many homeowners in Clifton and throughout northern New Jersey about how much power heat pumps use. Here’s some of the advice we provide to them.

How a Heat Pump Works

It’s worth beginning with a basic overview of how heat pumps work. To begin, unlike furnaces or boilers, heat pumps don’t generate any heat. Instead, they transfer heat between the outdoors and your home.

In cold months, an outdoor compressor draws in heat from the air and transfers it via a thin line to your indoor air handling units. In the summer, this process goes in reverse. Heat from your indoor air is drawn into your air handler and expelled outside, leaving cool air to circulate back in.

Energy Use from Air Pumps

Since heat pumps use electricity year-round to heat and cool your home, you can expect your electricity usage to increase, especially in the hottest days of summer and the coldest parts of winter. How much of an increase depends on multiple factors, including:

Some of this increased electricity usage will be offset, however, by a decrease in how much heating oil or gas you are using for heating.

Pros and Cons of a Heat Pump

A heat pump system has some advantages that many of our customers enjoy, including the following:

There are also drawbacks to making the switch to a heat pump:

Is a Heat Pump Right for You? JW Pierson can help!

At JW Pierson, we know that no two households are the same, and there’s no one-size-fits-all piece of home comfort equipment. As a full-service heating and cooling company, we’re happy to discuss your HVAC needs and budget and see what products best serve them. Heat pumps come in a range of sizes and configurations. You might find that a high-efficiency oil- or gas-fired system, an electric heat pump or some combination of the two is the best option.

Reach out to our team today for a home heating assessment and a free estimate on new equipment.