How to Choose a Heat Pump

Family with heat pump

A new heating & cooling system is a large expenditure, but sometimes it’s an unavoidable one. If you’ve moved into a new home and the heating & cooling system is antiquated, or if your old system simply isn’t doing the job any longer, you might want to consider a new heat pump system. 

One popular example of this technology is a ductless mini-split, as seen above. So while this blog will talk about heat pumps in general, you can apply the concepts to a ductless mini-split which is likely what would be most suitable for your home.

Before you go out and buy a new heat pump, you should first know the ins and outs of choosing the right system for your home.

What Is a Heat Pump?

Are you wondering what a heat pump is? A heat pump is a completely reversible HVAC system. This means it does more than simply heat your home. It cools it as well. 

A heat pump differs from a furnace in that it runs on electricity while a furnace uses gas, oil, or propane to work. Heat pumps heat the home by moving the air rather than creating heated air. They replace both the furnace and the air conditioning system with one efficient unit. The high-efficiency models also help to dehumidify the air in your home.

Factors to Consider When Choosing A Heat Pump

Choosing a heat pump requires more than simply making a purchase. Several factors should be considered before making your decision. Things like climate, the size of your home, the kinds of heat pumps available, and the reliability of your options are all considerations. 

The climate in your area can be a big factor in the decision to purchase a heat pump. If you live in a moderate area without drastic temperature changes, a heat pump will be most effective. Each heat pump has a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and an HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) rating. A high SEER rating means better cooling, and a high HSPF means better heating. 

The size of your home is also a factor in your decision. You don’t want to purchase a heat pump that is too large or too small. Knowing the amount of square footage you are heating and cooling will help you to choose the appropriately sized unit for your needs. 

There are different kinds of heat pumps available, and that is perhaps the most confusing factor to consider. There are ducted systems, ductless systems, split systems, air-source systems, and even geothermal systems. It’s best to discuss these options with a heating and cooling specialist to fully understand the differences between them. 

Finally, reliability is a necessary consideration. You don’t want to replace your system again in a short time. Check reviews of the products. Choose a brand that backs their product with a warranty.

Get savings, rebates, and comfort for your home

If you are interested in a new heating and cooling system for your home, now is the perfect time. You can receive a Mass Save rebate up to $10,000 on a new heat pump system and finance it for zero percent interest. Best of all, this energy efficient technology will cut the costs of your utility bill whenever you need to heat or cool your home. Contact us today to learn more about ductless mini-split heat pumps

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