Portable Vs. Wall-Mounted Heat Pumps

Heat pumps can be a great solution for adding extra heat to one or more rooms in your home. However, they do have certain limitations to consider. They definitely aren't the right solution for every home. Also, not all heat pumps are the same. The two most popular types of heat pumps are wall-mounted and portable units. This article compares the two and explains when and where they work the best. It should help you decide if a heat pump is right for your home.

When to Use Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are best in homes that already have central heating, but just need a little more heat in one room or level of the house. For instance, if you have a cold basement, heat pumps could keep it more comfortable without blasting the upstairs rooms with too much central heat. Smaller units are also great in single rooms that are just a little colder than the rest of the house. By evening out the temperatures from room to room, you can often turn down your thermostat and save money in the long run.

Portable Pumps

Portable pumps are usually on wheels. They are about the size of small trash cans, but they are quite heavy. They only need a power source in order to start pumping air. These pumps are best for homeowners who just need intermittent heat throughout the winter. They can be left in a closet throughout the majority of the winter, and then brought out to heat up rooms on the coldest days. The main drawback to portable pumps is that the you need to get them out, and there is often an annoying cord running through your room.

Wall-Mounted Pumps

This is one of the main reasons that many homeowners prefer wall-mounted heat pumps. Wall-mounted pumps are pretty much permanent fixtures on your walls. They are low profile, but many people don't love the way that they look. You might not love having a large, plastic appliance on your wall year round. It is possible (but not practical) to remove and reinstall the pump every season. Wall-mounted pumps are the way to go if you need a more permanent and reliable heating source. They will always be right where you need them. Similarly, they only need to be plugged into a wall plug to power on.

For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Scott's Heating & Air Conditioning Services.