Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps

An air source heat pump is a heating and cooling system that uses outside air as its heat source. In the summer, it works the same as a central air system to help cool your home.

The heat pump absorbs heat from outside air (down to approximately 35º Fahrenheit) and releases it inside the home during the cold weather months. In hot weather, the system removes heat from the home and releases it outside while cooling the house.

An air source heat pump can actually extract heat from outside air down to 0º Fahrenheit but is not efficient at that temperature (consumes too much electricity at that point to heat the home)

Air source heat pumps are popular with consumers on LP gas or fuel oil due to the higher cost per btu of these fuels. Homeowners can save significant money using electricity instead of their fuel burning furnace when the outside temperature is above 35º Fahrenheit. The more efficient the heat pump (measured by its SEER rating), the less electricity it will consume. Units rated at 16 SEER or above also qualify for utility rebates and federal tax credits.

It’s important to have a heat pump installed by an experienced contractor like O’Mara Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Air source heat pump systems must be sized correctly and are complex to install. Call the experts at O’Mara Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to learn more about air source heat pumps. We can be reached at (616) 527-9368.