Do Heat Pumps Work When it's Cold?

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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.