What is the difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner?
Some heat pumps look a lot like the air conditioner that sits outside your home. So, what is the difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump?
Calling it a heat pump can seem a bit confusing when the system can actually take care of both your heating and cooling needs. This is the main distinction of a heat pump. Air conditioners can only be used for cooling while heat pumps use a reversing valve that allows it to cool in the summer and heat in the winter.

Why am I just now hearing about heat pumps?
Heat pumps have been around for decades. In fact, Temperature Doctors has been a heat pump installer in Rockford for many years. In the past, heat pumps were more popular in areas with less extreme weather. Advanced heat pump technology has made these systems beneficial even for subfreezing temperatures.

What heat pump systems are best for our area?
A typical heat pump system is made up of 1) a heat pump and 2) an air handler with an auxiliary electric heating element. This system will heat the home, however, when outside temperatures drop below zero the heat pump is less efficient because it requires more energy to maintain a warm temperature inside the home. To solve this issue, we recommend a hybrid system.
A hybrid system is made up of 1) a heat pump and 2) a furnace. This is more efficient when the temperature drops below zero. While the system uses the heat pump as the primary heat source, when extreme weather hits, the system automatically initiates a call for heat from the furnace making this a very efficient and intelligent system.

How much does a heat pump cost?
According to Forbes.com, heat pumps can range from $1,500 to $20,000 with an average cost of $10,750. The cost depends on many factors. Factors include the size of the heat pump, the type of heat pump, the brand of the heat pump and the efficiency rating of the heat pump.
Temperature Doctors would be happy to come to your home free of charge to help determine what system is best for you and your family.

Benefits of Heat Pumps

Save money up front!
Since heat pump systems are more efficient than traditional systems, the federal government and utility company’s want you to buy them. Because of this they are willing to give incentives right now! Temperature Doctors is offering up to $2,000 in instant rebates! This offer won’t be around long. Call Temperature Doctors for details and to schedule a free in-home estimate.

Lowers Utility Bills
According to energy.gov heat pumps can reduce your electricity usage up to 50% when compared to electric resistance heaters such as furnaces or oil systems.

Better Air Quality
Being an all-in-one system allows heat pumps to filter the inside air all year-round. High efficient heat pumps can provide better indoor air quality than air conditioners by reducing the levels of humidity, making the temperature more even, while using less energy.

Heat Pump outside a brick home