Adding a Heat Pump in Seattle: Is it Worth the Cost?

Heat PumpA heat pump is perfect for the Seattle climate, and offers far greater efficiency than other heating and cooling systems.

With Seattle’s temperate climate of relatively dry summers and winters that are cool and wet, there are only a few days in the year when the temperature gets severely cold or very hot. A heat pump is a good investment for Seattle’s residents given this type of climate.

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is installed outside your home and is part of a heating and cooling system. Not only is it capable of supplying heat, it can also cool your home. Homeowners may not need separate systems for heating their homes because the heat pump handles both heating and cooling. Unlike a furnace, a heat pump does not burn fossil fuel, which makes it environmentally friendly.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Heat pumps are powered by electricity and do not generate heat. They transfer heat from the air or ground using a refrigerant to circulate between the outdoor compressor and the indoor fan coil. During warm days a heat pump moves hot air from inside your home and releases it outside and when the days are cooler, the heat pump pulls warmer air from the outdoors and releases it into the home to warm it up.

Areas with moderate cooling and heating needs are best for heat pumps.

What is the Cost?

Depending on the size of your home and the type of heat pump you choose, the typical price of a heat pump ranges from $3,900 to $6,800. A low-end unit could cost $1,500 with a high-end one costing about $9600. You will also need to factor in the installation and labor costs.

On the plus side, a U.S. government study has found that by using a heat pump a family of four will save up to 30% on their heating bills.

Ready to Talk?

In Seattle professional installation is required for heat pumps. To ensure you don’t lose the benefits from the heat pump, call the professional heat pump experts at Kings Heating and Air Conditioning. We are able to provide you with the best unit to suit your home, as well as the expertise of our licensed technicians to install the unit correctly.


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