Tech Tips: Heat Pump 101

You know what an air conditioner is. You know what a furnace is. But, what is a heat pump? Do you need one for summer? Danny from Stay Comfy, Minnesota explains heat pump basics.

Despite the assumptions the name brings, a heat pump can actually provide heating and cooling. In the summer months, it acts like an air conditioner. It takes the heat out of the house. In the winter months, it takes heat from outside and moves it inside. Even a 32 degree day produces enough heat to warm a home via a heat pump. So if a heat pump works like an air conditioner and furnace, why should you invest in one?

  • Energy efficient. A central heat pump provides comfortable living temperatures year-round by using what is already accessible. In Minnesota where temperatures are more extreme, supplemental heating may be required. A heat pump is ideal for moderate climates. A heat pump can reduce heating electricity used for heating by 30 to 40 percent. High-efficiency heat pumps even dehumidify better than standard central AC units. Overall, less energy is used with a heat pump.
  • Air quality. As your heat pump system draws air out of your house through return air ducts, the air is pulled through an air filter. There airborne particles like dust and lint are removed. The filtered air is then routed to air supply ductwork that carries it back to rooms.
  • Quiet operation. The indoor noise level from heat pump operation is much lower than free-standing AC units since the compressor bearing unit of the typical central heat pump system is located outside.

Still not sure if a heat pump is right for you? Contact an HVAC professional with your questions.

If you’re interested in learning more about any of these products or technologies, contact your local Minnesota Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. You can find the one closest to you at

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