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HEAT PUMPS DO WORK!

 If you heat your home with a air source heat pump, set the temperature and leave it alone.  If necessary put a lock on it so no one else can change it. Often those who don't pay the bill want to switch the thermostat to emergency heat, they don't realize the system knows when to make that switch.  Emergency heat cost double or more then allowing the unit to work the way it is designed.

Heat pumps are one of the most efficient and clean ways to heat your home. Modern heat pumps are designed to work even in temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.  A heat pump does not generate heat, it transports it from the outside air to heat the indoors.   Heat pumps have a back up system to assist or take over when it becomes to cold for it to work. The average back up system is a electric resistance heating unit which cost 2 to 3 times more to operate then the heat pump. 

Unfortunately energy savings achieved from use of the heat pump is lost due to poor operation by the homes occupants.  You don't need a programmable thermostat nor do you set the temperature back on the heat pump. The gain obtained by turning the heat down is lost when you turn the thermostat up more then 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat pumps can deliver one and a half to four times more heat energy to a home than they consume.

Heat pumps are controlled by a thermostat designed to work in stages based on the outdoors temperature and the heat pumps ability to meet the home heating needs. The first stage is the heat pump then if its too cold outdoors for the unit to work efficiently, electric  resistance coils come on in the air handler to assist the heat pump heating the home. When the heat pump can't go any further the electric back up takes over. If the system is working correctly it will go through the stages at the right temperatures.  Don't forget to change your filters once a month. keep the outside unit clear of leaves and debris. Set the temperature and leave the thermostat alone.  Never put the thermostat on emergency heat if it needs to go their it will do so on its own.

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