Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to use one unit to provide both your cooling needs and heating needs? In a sense, you’d be able to pay for the price of just one system but get the benefits of two systems! Well, this is what heat pumps provide. But, there is a catch. Heat pumps are effective in outdoor temperatures that are above freezing (32 degrees F). Once the temperature drops below freezing, heat pumps begin to lose their effectiveness and their ability to provide heat.
But why? That’s what we’re going to explain. We will also provide some solutions to improve the heat pump’s effectiveness in colder temperatures.
First off, What is a Heat Pump Exactly?
A heat pump is an air conditioner that can also provide heat all within the same unit. Pretty awesome, right? A heat pump as an air conditioner takes in warm air from the inside environment (home, business etc.) and then disperses that warm air outside. It then disperses the remaining cool air into your home or business.