Do you use a heat pump to both heat and cool your house during the year? Heat pumps have significantly increased in popularity over the last decade, and their energy-saving capabilities and environmental benefits promise even greater expansion ahead.
Many people are still learning the details of how heat pumps work and what to expect from them, so the question “How long will my heat pump last?” is a common one. We’re going to address that question in this post, as well as look at why we think you should consider putting a heat pump on your HVAC shopping list if you don’t currently have one installed.
Heat Pump Service Life Estimates
As with any device, the lifespan of a heat pump varies depending on a few factors such as how often it’s used, how well it’s maintained, and climate conditions such as humidity. We can make some useful generalizations, however, based on past heat pump performance: on average, a heat pump will last from 10-15 years. This is similar to the lifespan of a central AC, which operates on similar mechanics to a heat pump.
Maintenance is the essential step to give a heat pump a full 10–15 year lifespan. Heat pumps do more work than standard ACs because they operate during both cold and hot weather. We recommend you have your heat pump maintained twice a year in spring and fall to ensure it’s running effectively and won’t start to succumb early to strain and aging. Lack of maintenance may end a heat pump’s life in only 5-8 years.
Why Consider Getting a Heat Pump
Heat pumps are more expensive to purchase than central air conditioners or electric furnaces and this price tag can frighten away some potential customers. But the benefits of installing a heat pump can far outweigh the higher price tag and here are some of the best benefits to consider:
- Heating and Cooling in One: A heat pump may cost more than either an AC or a furnace, but remember that a heat pump replaces both those systems—and this makes it a far more affordable proposition. Heat pumps both heat and cool a house, which is a convenience and may be a money-saver over the long-term.
- Energy Savings: Heat pumps rank among the most energy-efficient residential heating and cooling options. They are especially efficient at heating because they transfer heat from one location to another, rather than generating the way a furnace does.
- Environmentally Friendly: Compared to standard heating and cooling systems, heat pumps are better for the environment. They produce fewer emissions and place less strain on power sources such as plants that burn fossil fuels.
We’re Your Local Heat Pump Pros!
Our mascot, Moose, knows where you should look for help with heat pumps: Carolina Climate Control. We’re a trusted and reliable choice for all your heat pump needs, from new installations to repairs and replacements. Our experienced technicians are ready to help if you need heat pump installation or heat pump replacement in Summerville, SC.