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During the cooling cycle, your system will remove heat and humidity from your home and will transfer this heat to the outdoor air. During the heating cycle, your system will remove heat and humidity from the outdoor air and will transfer this heat to your home. This is possible because even at 20 degrees the outdoor air contains a great deal of heat. Your heat pump does not generate much heat. It merely transfers it from one place to another.
In the mid-Missouri climate, a heat pump cannot completely replace a furnace. Once winter temperatures dip to around 20 degrees or below, a heat pump works less efficiently and requires help from a standard combustion furnace. Generally, the furnace is only required for about 25% of the heating season.
Knowing how to properly operate your heat pump will help you realize the maximum amount of energy savings.
Heat pumps help Columbia Water & Light reduce summer peak demand which saves the utility money. Although they use more electricity during the winter, electric prices are lower for the utility during these months Columbia passes along the savings to our customers with high-efficiency heat pumps. The discounted heat pump rate is applied from October through May. Minimum insulation requirements are a requirement of this electric rate classification. Contact us to sign up for the rate at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 573-874-7325. See our electric rate page for more detailed rate information.