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Heat Pumps 101: Air Source vs. Ground Source

Heat Pumps 101: Air Source vs. Ground SourceUsing a furnace to heat your home in winter can keep it cozy, but it can also lead to higher utility bills. Heat pumps provide a way to warm up homes at a lower cost. Should you go with an air-source heat pump or a ground-source one for your Peachtree City home?

Learn more about the differences between these heating systems.

Heat Source

Air-source heat pumps pull heat from the air outside your home and bring it indoors. Ground-source heat pumps take heat from the ground and move it inside your home. Both heat sources are renewable forms of energy, making them cleaner and more environmentally friendly than natural gas and other fossil fuels. Keep in mind that you might need to rely on electrical strips or a similar secondary heat source if your air-source heat pump isn’t able to warm your home, which can happen during periods of extreme cold.

Heating and Cooling

Air-source and ground-source heat pumps are both able to heat homes in winter and cool them off in summer. This means you don’t need to run and maintain a separate air conditioning system. A heat pump takes hot air from your home and moves it either outside or into the ground.

Heat Pump Installation

Air-source heat pumps tend to be easier to have installed compared to ground-source ones. You can have your air-source heat pump set up outside your home just as you would have a central air conditioning unit installed. Ground-source pumps require a more complicated installation process. These systems have pipes that need to be installed in the ground, which involves excavating part of your yard.

Heat Pump Costs

A ground-source heat pump typically costs more than an air-source heat pump due to the installation process. Both types of heating systems can save you money in the long run thanks to reduced energy bills and more efficient heating compared to gas and electric furnaces.

If you’re trying to decide between an air-source heat pump or a ground-source one for your Peachtree City home, please contact Powers Heating and Air.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.