Your heating system is one of those topics you probably don’t pay attention to until something happens. When the heating unit stops not working enough, then naturally you want to find a better way to keep your indoor climate comfortable. So you faced the question what’s best: a heat pump vs. an electric strips heater?
Heat Pump System
Basically, a heat pump system works similar to a refrigerator, using electricity to make a cooler cold space and a warmer warm space. These heat pumps move heat between indoor and outdoor air. A great advantage of the heat pump is that it also provides an air conditioner in the same unit. The heat pump efficiency factor is considerably high and heat pumps are also more cost effective compared to others. Generally, a heat pump uses less electricity than a regular electric heater, but if it has an electric backup heat, then it likely uses electric heat strips, which use more electricity. Depending on your heat pump, you will probably need electric heat strips, if the winter temperatures are regularly freezing.
Electric Strips Heater
Electric strips heaters are electric resistance heaters that work like large hair dryers, producing heat with electric heating elements. Generally they use forced air to blow the heated air through the house. Moreover, electric heaters are often the cheapest and the easiest form of heater to install. The air blown by the electric heating strips is much warmer than the one produced by the heat pump system, which is a great advantage. Therefore, if the heat pump fails in winter, the heat strips should produce enough heat to keep the indoor temperature slightly comfortable.
Understanding the difference between the heat pump system and electric strips heater allows homeowners to make the best decision that suits their needs perfectly. NewAcShop can help you make the right choice for you and provide you with all the necessary products and services. If you want to upgrade your system or switch from electric heater to heat pump or vice versa, we can do that too.