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What to Look for in a New Heat Pump

Posted by Howell's Heating & Air on April 29, 2016

Heat pumps are an efficient and energy saving way to provide heating and cooling to your home. Installing a new heat pump can save you between 25% and 50% on your utility bill. These systems not only heat your home in the winter by absorbing heat from outdoor air, they also provide cool air during the summer months by removing the heat from inside the home and recirculating cooler air.

Features to Look For in a New Heat Pump

Programmable Thermostat Near DoorWhen choosing a heat pump over other heating and cooling options for your home, you can take comfort knowing you are making an environmentally sound choice. Top heat pump brands such as Carrier and York are continually improving energy saving technology which translates to financial savings for you.

When making a decision on which system is right for you, be sure to familiarize yourself with the following features:

Variable Speed Motors (VSM) - A variable speed motor automatically changes speed based on your home’s heating and cooling requirements. Unlike single speed motors, which operate at a single, maximum speed from startup, a VSN gradually increases over time, if the need increases, therefore reducing wear and tear on the motor and operating costs.

Two Stage Compressors – Unlike standard compressors, two stage compressors can precisely regulate the flow of refrigerant, based on your heating and cooling needs. Two stage compressors also remove more moisture from the air, reducing the potential for mold. When combined with variable-speed air handlers, they can increase efficiency by 250% more than a traditional heat pump.

High Efficiency Compressors – also called a scroll compressor, high efficiency compressors operate quieter than standard reciprocating compressors and distribute refrigerant more efficiently. They last longer and require less maintenance, which can increase the life span of your system.

Desuperheaters – several high efficiency models come equipped with this feature which recycles recovered waste heat from the system's cooling mode to heat water. A Desuperheater feature can heat water up to 3 times faster than an electric water heater.

How Does a Heat Pump Operate?

Check out this video below to get an overview on how a heat pump works.


For more information on choosing the best heating and cooling solutions for your home, contact the HVAC experts at Howell's Heating & Air. 

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Video source: Building Media Inc.


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