6 Pros And Cons Of Heat Pump Systems

6 Pros And Cons Of Heat Pump Systems

Exploring 6 Pros and Cons of Heat Pump Systems

Is your heating or cooling system due for an upgrade? 

Heat pumps are the modern and eco-friendly alternative to traditional HVAC appliances like boilers, air conditioners, and furnaces. Capable of providing both heating and cooling 2-4x more efficiently, with a lifespan of up to 20 years, they’re an excellent investment. Over time, heat pumps can help you save on your energy bills while improving the comfort and value of your home or building.

Before investing in a heat pump system, you’ll need to understand their advantages and disadvantages. The good news: Many of what are believed to be disadvantages are actually misconceptions about the technology. Below, we’ll explain the important considerations that property owners should keep in mind when researching.

Ready to cut your building’s energy bills and improve comfort by upgrading to heat pumps? BlocPower can help. Answer a few quick questions to get started.

The Pros & Cons Of Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps draw heat energy from ambient air to provide heating or cooling. The systems contain a refrigerant, but they don’t utilize fossil fuels to operate. For a more detailed description of how air source heat pumps work, read our guide here.

3 Heat Pump Advantages For Building Owners

Some of the advantages of heat pump technology:

1. Heat pumps can reduce energy bills.

Per the Department of Energy, an air source heat pump can reduce energy consumption by about 50% compared with electrical resistance heating. Heat pump systems are also up to four times more efficient than gas furnaces, according to a Rocky Mountain Institute analysis. With proper installation, your new heat pump system can reduce your energy bills substantially, providing dependable savings. 

An air source heat pump can reduce energy consumption by about 50% compared with electrical resistance heating.

2. Heat pumps improve comfort and reduce tenant complaints.

Most new heat pump installations are ductless. In these systems, an indoor unit delivers hot or cold air directly to the room, providing occupants with precise control over temperatures. Modern heat pumps operate quietly and naturally control humidity, and by eliminating fossil-fuel incineration, they can substantially improve air quality. Some units can be outfitted with high performance filters for improved filtration. 

3. Heat pumps have simpler (less costly) maintenance requirements.

As with all heating and cooling technologies, heat pumps require regular maintenance to ensure adequate airflow and refrigerant charge. However, since heat pumps provide both heating and cooling, you can work with a single service provider to keep your system working properly. 

3 Facts About Heat Pumps You Should Know

Compared with other heating and cooling technologies, heat pumps offer clear benefits with few drawbacks. Nevertheless, you’ll need to consider heat pump pros and cons carefully when searching for a service provider.

Some important considerations to keep in mind:

1. Some heat pumps are inefficient at lower temperatures.

Temperature considerations make their way onto every list of heat pump pros and cons, including the Department of Energy’s analysis. It’s true that heat pumps become less efficient at colder temperatures, but technology improvements have mitigated this issue: Cold-climate heat pumps are 100% efficient down to 5°F. While the systems lose some efficiency at extremely cold temperatures, they still provide better overall energy efficiency than traditional technologies relying on fossil fuel combustion or electric resistance. If you live in a cold weather climate, just make sure you purchase a system designed to perform in your region. 

Heat pumps work in cold weather. Just ask Europe’s coldest countries.

2. Heat pumps rely on electricity.

Since the primary power source of a heat pump is electricity, power outages can interrupt operation. Of course, many traditional HVAC systems share this limitation; investing in an auxiliary power source can limit your risks.

3. Heat pumps can be expensive up front.

In the long term, heat pumps offer reliable savings and better return on investment, but they may have higher upfront installation costs compared with traditional systems that provide only heating or cooling. Building owners can often take advantage of federal, state, and municipal incentives to offset the expense and BlocPower’s $0/down low interest financing to spread out costs over the life of the heat pump system. Even for complex installations, the investment provides a quick return: Heat pumps can improve building value and can reduce your energy bills by 20-40%.

See how your building could benefit from a modern heat pump heating and cooling system. 

If you’re researching heat pump system pros and cons, you’ll quickly recognize that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. For most building owners, the most significant drawback is the high upfront cost of installation, but your service provider can help you find available incentives and financing options.

BlocPower offers flexible financing options to help building owners pursue upgrades while limiting upfront costs. Our goal is to help every building owner enjoy the benefits of heat pump technology—regardless of the size or age of your property.

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of heat pumps, the heating and cooling system of the future (and present), answer this 60 second questionnaire about your home or building..