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What to Consider Before Purchasing and Installing a Heat Pump

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August 15, 2018

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start thinking about your heating system. If yours is old, broken, or out of date, you may be shopping for a replacement before the cold weather sets in. If you haven’t considered a heat pump, you’ll be happy to know that they are an energy efficient heating and cooling system that can service you you year round! Here are a few things to consider before making a purchase.

What You Need to Consider

  • It’s rating. All HVAC units come with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) for cooling, which is determined through various testing. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the heat pump is.
  • Zoned heating and cooling. You have a few different options when it comes to energy efficiency, and one of them is zoned heating and cooling, which zones where and when you want heat or cool air. Zoned heating and cooling, however, does require installing a programmable thermostat and some motorized dampers.
  • Two-speed compressor. Installing a two-speed compressor enables your heat pump to cool or heat as much as it needs to versus a standard compressor which always operates at maximum capacity. This helps to save on energy costs and its less wear and tear on the compressor.
  • Backup burner. If you’re concerned about the winter season, a backup burner can provide additional heat during the most frigid temperatures, and still at lower energy costs.
  • Size. Like any HVAC appliance, the size matters, which is why you’ll want to carefully consider how large of a system is needed. The size of your heat pump, however, should be determined by a professional to ensure you get the right heat pump.

How Custom Climate Can Help

Whether you need heat pump repair, replacement, or installation, Custom Climate can help you. Over the past 20 years, heat pump engineering has continued to improve its energy efficiency, saving you money in the long run. In order for your heat pump to provide your home with consistent temperatures, you need to make sure you’re maintaining it properly throughout the year as well as choosing a model that best suits the needs of your home. Our heat pump specialists will advise you on all their key features before you buy or upgrade, such as:

  • HSPF (Heating Season Performance Factor) and SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) are the ways heat pumps measure their efficiency. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.
  • Variable-speed blower runs your heat pump continuously at a slower speed to save on energy and produce maximum temperature efficiency.
  • Thermostatic expansion valves save you money by automatically adjusting refrigerant flow on a consistent basis, depending on the temperature outside your home. It also relieves the compressor, lowering wear and tear and energy consumption.
  • Ductless mini-split heat pumps are highly effective heat pumps with no ducts that are simple to install and take up very little room.

If you need any assistance with choosing the best heat pump system for your home, call Custom Climate today. We can’t wait to help!