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Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating in moderate climates, providing three times more heating than the equivalent amount of energy they consume in electricity. There are three types of heat pumps: air-to-air, water source, and ground source. They collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside your home and concentrate it for use inside. Heat pumps do double duty as a central air conditioner. They can also cool your home by collecting the heat inside your house and effectively pumping it outside. A heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating as much as 30% to 40%.

A heat pump does not create heat. It concentrates heat. When it is working as a heater, it collects the heat from the ground, air, or water and then concentrates it before sending it through a building. When it is working as an air conditioner, it collects the heat from the ground, air, or water and then gets rid of it, sending cool air through a building.