Heat Pump Installation Services
For most people, controlling the temperature in your home is a year round concern. The summer brings air conditioning, and the winter sends you running to the heater. This takes up a great chunk of your overall energy costs, even in rather temperate climates like Delaware and Maryland.
A heat pump can be a great option if you live in an area that doesn't drop below freezing very often.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is different than most other heating and cooling options. Instead of producing a different temperature, a heat pump moves heat from a cool space to a warm space. So, if your home is already a little warmer outside than in, it will make it even warmer. In the summer, when your house is likely cooler than the outside, it will move the heat outdoors. This is perfect for an area like Delaware or Maryland, where the average temperature doesn't usually drop below freezing.
With a heat pump, because the equipment is not heating or cooling anything, it takes up a lot less energy. It cuts gas heating out of the equation entirely, and it takes up to 30% less electricity than traditional air conditioners. Not only is this better for the environment, it's better for your budget. This also ensures that the system is going to work well. We all know that sometimes an air conditioner just isn't enough to stop the heat and there are still some chilly mornings no matter how high you've got the gas heat up in the winter. A heat pump works more efficiently than these systems to equalize your home temperature.
In most homes, heating and cooling are separate, requiring time and possibly money twice a year to switch out your air conditioners, and make sure the furnace is up and working. Not so with a heat pump. Because it heats and cools, you don't have to do a thing during the season change but flip a switch.
Shopping for a heat pump
If you're interested in buying a heat pump, there are two important ratings to keep in mind.
The first is the HSPF, or heating seasonal performance. This rates the heat pumps heating efficiency. Generally, you don't want anything lower than an eight.
The second rating is the SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency. This is the cooling side, or heating removal. Basically it measures the energy consumption in watts. The higher ratings will cost more, but they save you money on your electric bill in the long run. Here you want a rating of somewhere between 14 through 18. And of course, with any large utility purchase, you want to look for an energy star label.
A heat pump can be a great investment if you live in a temperate area. It will save you time, money, and make your home more comfortable than traditional heating and cooling methods. So before you dust off the furnace this winter, consider replacing it with a heat pump.