If it's time to replace the HVAC equipment in your home, you need to consider heat pump technology. The most popular choice across the country is the air-source heat pump, which moves ambient heat between the outdoors and indoor living space. When you're considering different options, look closely at the following advanced, comfort-boosting heat pump features.
Older-style compressors always run on high because they have just one speed. Today's technology has produced two-speed compressors that run on low speed most of the time and only ramp up to high when the mercury dictates it's absolutely necessary. Scroll compressors are another cutting-edge alternative. Compared to old-fashioned piston compressors, these models use less energy, pump out air that's 10 to 15 degrees warmer, are less noisy and, because there are fewer moving parts, they're less likely to break down.
If you want lower energy bills and more comfort, talk to your HVAC pro about a heat pump that's equipped with a dual-speed or variable fan and blower. Both of these advanced technologies are better at matching the output of the system to your changing heating or cooling needs. Because the motors aren't running at maximum speed all the time, they burn through less energy and aren't as noisy as single-speed units.
A desuperheater is a feature to look for if you're interested in high-efficiency heat pumps, and you're tired of paying for hot water heating. When it's equipped with a desuperheater, a heat pump can take the waste heat that's a by-product of the cooling cycle and use it to heat your home's water.
The standard supplemental heating of air-source heat pumps are electric heat strips, which are notorious energy hogs. Advances in technology have finally paired heat pump technology with an economical combustion burner option for backup heating, and you can choose between natural gas, oil, propane and even wood as the fuel type.
Interested in learning more about the latest heat pump features that can make your Cleveland area home more comfortable? Contact us today at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.