Q. What is the difference between a heat pump and a furnace?
A. The Heat Pump takes the heat from the home and releases it outside in the summer to cool the home. In the winter it removes the heat in the outdoor air and releases it inside to warm the home. A furnace only produces heat by burning a fuel or using electric and also moves the air inside.
Q. How important is a humidifier, and why are they used more for heating than cooling?
A. A humidifier is only used in the heating mode to add humidity to the home as the house dries out. Your body evaporates moisture off your skin when it is dry inside, so you feel warmer at a cooler temperature when the humidity is kept at a higher level. If the house gets too dry you will start to have more damage to your wood trim and furniture. Also when the humidity gets too low you can experience more adverse health issues. In the summer when the humidity level is high your air conditioner works to remove the excess humidity in your home.
When it comes to a residential heat pump, homeowners can expect one to last 10 to 20 years with proper maintenance. Learning how to maintain your home's heat pump isn't difficult and will save you money now and in the future.
Is a lack of whole-house humidification causing problems for your household? Low humidity can cause uncomfortable health issues like dry sinuses, allergy flare-ups and itchy skin. Dry air also has a damaging effect on your home's structure and furnishings, causing cracked trim and floorboards, furniture that may fall apart as solvents dry, or cracks that emerge in protective coatings or the wood itself.