If you live in the northern part of the country, where the temperatures frequently dip low in the winter, heating is likely a constant topic of discussion, especially if you are looking for a new home heating system. Even though the heat pump is an awesome choice for most homes, people in cooler climates usually have misconceptions about this form of central heat that prohibit them from ever considering it as a logical choice. Here are a few of the most prevailing myths about heat pumps in cooler climate locations and the real truths you should know before you make a final decision. 

Myth: Heat pumps are more expensive to use in cooler climate locations. 

Truth: Heat pumps provide warmth to your home by finding heat in the air that is available and funneling it through your home. Therefore, heat pumps are a cost efficient heating method compared to other systems that utilize a burner or heating element of some form. Even in cooler climates, the heat pump performs the same type of operation and will usually be more cost-effective than many other types of central heat. Just by making a change to a new heat pump system, you could easily see a drop in home heating expenses. 

Myth: In extremely cold weather, you will have to use a secondary heat source. 

Truth: This myth is partly true but does not have to be. If you have an air-source heat pump, you may very well have to rely on a secondary heat source in long bouts of cold temperatures. However, other heat pumps that pull heat from the ground or water can be a viable option for cold-weather climates because they do not rely on air warmth to heat your home. 

Myth: Heat pumps will have a lot of maintenance issues if they are used in cooler areas.

Truth: It is a common misconception that the heat pump will have a lot of problems if it is used in cooler climates because it has to work a little harder to bring in a sufficient amount of heat from the outdoors. However, specially designed cold-climate heat pumps are meant to do this, even in cold temperatures, and will likely not be any harder to maintain.

When you understand the truths about heat pumps, it is easy to see why this is actually a really good choice for home heating even though your location may be a bit cooler than most. If you would like to know more about making the change to a heat pump system, talk to an HVAC professional, like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc., for more information.