There are many factors to consider when choosing a new heat pump for your home. Consumers often look to energy-efficiency ratings to make their decision, including the HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) or SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings.
However, while efficiency is important, don’t forget to consider all of the advanced performance features that various heat pump models offer. Some of these features include:
- Two-speed compressors: Multiple speeds allow heat pumps to operate at less than full capacity, depending on the heating or cooling needs at any given time. Not only does this save you money, but it also reduces wear and tear on your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. Models with two-speed compressors are a great choice if you have a zoned heating and cooling system.
- Variable or dual-speed fan motors: These fan motors help maintain airflow, which makes your home less drafty, and also conserves energy. Additionally, they are less noisy that single-speed motors, because the blower isn’t running at full speed all of the time.
- Desuperheater: This device uses waste heat from the HVAC system to warm your hot water. With a desuperheater, your water heating can be as much as three times more efficient.
- Scroll compressor: This technology is an improvement on traditional piston compressors, and features spiral scrolls, one of which remains motionless. The other scroll rotates around the stationary scroll, to compress the system’s refrigerant. Scroll compressors typically last longer than traditional pistons, and operate more quietly. Additionally, some research suggests that your air may be 10 to 15 percent warmer when you use scroll compressors.
- Back-up burners: These burners supplement the heat pump for during cold weather, and also reduce your system’s electricity usage during cold weather.
Before choosing your heat pump, make sure you do all your homework. These advanced features, many of which contribute to increased efficiency, can be just as important as standardized efficiency ratings. Once you have investigated your options, weigh the various features and ratings against each option’s upfront and operating costs. A local HVAC contractor can help you calculate operating costs and make a well-informed decision for upgrading your home.
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