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Heat Pumps

Trusted Heat Pump Services In Salt Lake & Nearby Areas

Heat pumps are an innovative solution for year-round comfort and energy efficiency. They offer a versatile heating and cooling option for homes across Utah, providing numerous benefits and opportunities for savings.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump looks and operates just like your central air conditioner in the summer. What makes it unique, is that a heat pump can also reverse the refrigeration cycle and very efficiently produce heat in the fall and spring. High efficiency heat pumps can heat your home for less energy dollars than a high efficiency gas furnace when the outdoor temperature is about 40 degrees and above. Below 40 degrees, the gas furnace will be more efficient than the heat pump, so the system automatically switches to the furnace when the temperature outside is colder. If you think about it, most of the spring, fall and even in the middle of the daytime on many winter days, the outdoor temperature is 40 or above. Traditionally, we haven’t used heat pumps in Utah because we have some of the lowest natural gas costs in the country and the heat pumps aren’t as efficient at cold temperatures outside. In warmer climates (California, Arizona, Florida, Texas type climates) it rarely gets below freezing and heat pumps have been the preferred heating source for about 40 years; so, the technology is proven and reliable.

What Are the Benefits of a Dual Fuel System?

The benefits to a Dual Fuel System are mostly found in the unprecedented rebates available. This year (2023) has brought a unique opportunity to save a lot of money on a new heating and cooling system. Congress just passed the “Inflation Reduction Act” which ear-marked billions of dollars in incentives to promote residential high efficiency heating and cooling systems among other home energy upgrades. The specific dollar amounts are listed in the section below.

Energy Efficiency:
As you probably know, your heating and cooling systems consume roughly half of all the energy you use in your home. Generally we are using fossil fuels (natural gas, coal, propane, etc) which create air pollution. Here in the Salt Lake Valley, the vast majority of our electricity is created with a coal or natural gas power plant (solar and wind make up about 6-7% of our energy production). When we burn that fuel it creates air pollution, mostly in the form of carbon dioxide, but there are other air pollutants that we signs of in the nasty brown haze that forms during an inversion. The hope is that eventually, most of our electricity production will be from cleaner forms of energy. For now, the best thing we can do to help clean up the air in the Salt Lake valley is to install higher efficiency heating and cooling systems. The most efficient system that we can install today is a dual fuel heat pump system.

Rising Utility Prices:
Historically, Utah has had inexpensive gas prices that have kept heating costs low. However, as gas prices rise, it may become more cost effective to heat your home with electricity when possible. Installing a heat pump gives you that option! Because Dual Fuel systems use both gas and electricity, you can choose the most cost effective utility to heat your home. When gas prices are low, you can continue to heat your home with your furnace like you always have, but if the prices rise and it becomes more cost efficient to run your electric heat pump, you will have that option! Whatever the future holds, a dual fuel system will put in the best position to save money!

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