Even in cold climates, heat pumps offer great energy savings and comfort. If you’ve decided to have one installed in your home, there are a few things you should know about how to buy and operate your system for maximum energy efficiency. Before you purchase or have one installed, consider the following:
- Size- When determining what size heat pump is needed, we look at the demand for heating and cooling in the home. Installing the wrong size heat pump will affect both comfort and energy savings. Doing a load calculation will determine what size unit is appropriate for your home.
- HSPF- The heating season performance factor is a formula that tells you how efficient the unit is. Over the course of the heating season, this rating tells you how many BTU’s or heat that you get for every watt of electricity that the heat pump consumes. The higher the HSPF, the better.
- Noise- If you have neighbors nearby, or just don’t want to hear your outdoor unit running, make sure you choose one that operates at less than 7.6 decibels.
- Existing equipment- Your heat pump will need ductwork large enough to handle its air flow. Generally, heat pumps require larger ducts than other systems, so we’ll take a look at what you have now. If you’re adding a heat pump to an existing furnace, the coil needs to be placed correctly for greatest efficiency and the proper controls added assure proper operation.
And how to efficiently run your heat pump? If you want to use a programmable thermostat, make sure you choose one that’s specifically made for heat pumps. Put your unit on a maintenance schedule to ensure efficient operation. Also, protect your outdoor unit from high winds and make sure it’s elevated above snow levels to maximize efficiency.
Heat pumps offer big energy savings both now and later on down the line. Get the most comfort at the least cost by choosing the one that’s best for your home, and operate it properly to ensure long life and even better savings.