Heat Pumps

Although their name doesn't give it away, heat pumps are used for both heating and cooling your home.

Unlike a furnace that turns fossil fuel or electricity into heat, the heat pump collects heat that already exists in the outdoor air by means of its refrigeration cycle. Consequently, your heat pump will produce two to three times more heat than the energy it uses! Heat pumps can save as much as 30% to 40% of the electricity you use for heating. Heat pumps are rated for heating efficiency by HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Heat pumps are available with HSPF ratings up to 10.0. Since a heat pump combines the heat from outside, the coefficient of performance (COP) of a heat pump is more than one. This means you pay for a dollar’s worth of electricity, but a heat pump can deliver as much as $3.45 worth of heating. That’s quite a bargain!

Cooling efficiency is rated by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher the SEER, the higher the savings. If your home is over eight years old, your current air conditioner or heat pump probably has a SEER of 10 or lower. A new, higher efficiency heat pump can be as much as 56% more efficient.

Have you heard of hybrid or dual fuel systems? If you’re looking for a new cooling system, but your old non-electric furnace is still working, consider buying an add-on heat pump. With a dual fuel system, the two systems share the heating load, but never at the same time. Each system operates when it is the most cost effective. In a dual fuel system, the heat pump will be your cooling system in the summer and your primary heat source in the winter. But when the temperature drops below the heat pump’s set point, your furnace will take over until the outside temperature rises enough for the heat pump to operate more efficiently than your old furnace.

Federal efficiency standards require that conventional heat pumps have an HSPF rating of at least 7.7 and a SEER rating of at least 13.0. The most efficient air source heat pumps can have an HSPF rating of 10.0 and a SEER rating of up to 20.

There are many options for replacing your heat pump. We recommend Lennox, Trane, Maytag and Carrier -- the top brand names with the finest manufactured and most efficient systems in the industry. Most of our new systems have received the Energy Star rating for high efficiency.

Your comfort specialist will perform a personal evaluation and consultation of your home and recommend the best products for your family’s comfort, which may include:

  •  High efficiency gas or electric furnaces
  •  Hybrid heating systems (dual fuel)
  •  Heat pumps
  •  Humidifiers/dehumidifiers
  •  Indoor air quality
  •  Digital programmable thermostats
  •  Zoned Heating & Cooling

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