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How Do Heat Pumps Work?

September 27, 2022 | Blog

When it comes to HVAC options, we’re all familiar with the basics like central air and furnaces, but what if you could just use one system instead of two? Well, heat pumps are just that! They’re a 2-in-1 system to take care of your heating and cooling needs.

Today, Southern Air Mississippi is here to explain the functions and benefits of heat pumps! We know Mississippi weather requires a reliable cooling and heating system, and we think heat pumps could be the perfect solution for Mississippi homeowners.

What Is A Heat Pump?

The heat pump is a two-in-one system that works by redistributing heat energy in or out of your home. This means that it can either heat your house or cool it, depending on the season!

In the summer the pump works like a standard air conditioner, by using coolant and refrigerant coils to pull the humidity and warmth from the air. Then, it releases that heat outside and begins cooling the air it just treated, which it will eventually send out into your home. This system works through the transfer of heat energy, which is used to dehumidify, cool and transfer the air!

In the winter the pump uses the same system, but with a different cycle. The unit will pull the heat energy from the outdoor air and use it to warm the air inside of your house. This time, the pump will release the warm air inside of your house, instead of outside.

The Advantages Of Heat Pumps

Being a 2-in-1 system isn’t the only advantage of a heat pump! There’s plenty more to consider and plenty of benefits that come with the system. Although, being a dual purpose system does mean that you only need to pay for maintenance on one unit!

Energy Efficiency

The only thing better than saving on maintenance is saving on your electric bill. Luckily, you don’t have to choose which one you prefer, these units can do both! Heat pumps can use 50% less electricity than furnaces or baseboard heaters, thanks to their energy efficiency. Plus, many of these units earn an ENERGY STAR label for their above-average energy efficiency.


Are you concerned about how a heat pump would work with your home’s ducts? Don’t sweat it, heat pumps will work with your existing ductwork, or even none at all! They come in ductless mini-split styles, similar to ductless AC units.


Homeowners will also be pleased to know that these heating units are much safer than combustion heaters! Compared to furnaces, pumps carry no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, and a much lower fire risk. These safety perks are hard to overlook, and so is the clean energy factor!

Should You Purchase A Heat Pump?

Pretty much any homeowner can benefit from investing in this heating unit, thanks to its versatility! The upfront cost is a little more expensive than other heating and cooling options, but keep the benefits in mind. Lowered electric bills, clean energy usage and safety are all important advantages.

This all-in-one system is perfect for homeowners in areas with mild winters, like Mississippi! Even though they can work in any climate, the heating system works best in mild-to-moderate winters.

So, if you want to save money and invest in a long-lasting system, we suggest you purchase a heat pump!

McComb Heating Options

Whether you’re looking to get a new heat pump or service your old AC unit, Southern Air Mississippi is here to help! We’re proud to provide McComb, Mississippi homeowners with premium heating and cooling services all year round. No matter your HVAC needs, Southern Air Mississippi will fix it all!

Call today to find the perfect heat pump for your home.

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