Do Heat Pumps Work When it’s Cold?

Do Heat Pumps Work When it’s Cold?

It’s January, which means cold temperatures have settled into the
Virginia Beach area. As you cozy up next to the fireplace you may be thinking
that it’s just a bit too cold in your house for your liking, but
when you turn the thermostat up, nothing happens! So, why isn’t your
heat pump producing enough heat during the winter? Does a heat pump even work when
it gets cold outside? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions and more!

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

Consisting of two units—one indoor and one outdoor—heat pumps
are an alternative to traditional heating and cooling methods like a gas
or electric furnace.

Heat pumps warm your home through the transfer of heat from the air, ground,
or water, whereas traditional heating systems produce heat through the
burning of fuel, like wood, gas, or oil. The outdoor unit absorbs heat
and distributes it through the indoor unit and into your Virginia Beach home.

Will My Heat Pump Run During Winter?

The short answer is yes, heat pumps will run as the temperature drops outside.
However, since they heat your home through the transfer of heat (instead
of using energy to produce heat themselves), as temperatures decrease,
so does the heating capacity of your heat pump.

Your heat pump uses electricity to collect heat from outside and brings
the heat indoors, effectively heating your Virginia Beach property. As
temperatures continually decrease, there is less heat for your heat pump
to collect and transfer indoors—ineffectively heating your home
or business. When temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit it is
recommended to use a furnace (or other heating method) as a backup heating method.

Heat Pump Repair & Maintenance in Virginia Beach

Not sure if your heat pump is working as it should? Don’t sweat!
American Mechanical repairs and services heat pumps throughout Virginia
Beach and its surrounding communities.

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