Installing a high-efficiency heat pump is certainly a choice most homeowners should consider, particularly with volatile natural gas and oil prices. Electricity prices do increase over time, but they tend to be more stable than other energy sources. Depending on the outdoor temperature, a heat pump can produce $3 worth of heat for each $1 on your utility bills.
Heat pumps are basically central air conditioners that run in reverse during the winter. Instead of pumping heat from indoor air to outdoors during summer, they pump heat from outdoor air to the inside of the home during winter.
You often hear people say that heat pumps produce "cool" heat that is uncomfortable. This may have been true with the early designs, but new ones keep a house as comfortable as a gas, oil or electric furnace.
The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. If you heat with electricity, a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30%-40%. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months. However, the efficiency of most air-source heat pumps as a heat source drops dramatically at low temperatures, generally making them unsuitable for cold climates, although there are systems that can overcome that problem. That's when HyBrid Heat Pump Systems are most effective.
Installing a hybrid heat pump is a good choice if you already have a functioning gas or oil furnace. Sometimes the heat pump is used to heat your home. At other times, the gas or oil furnace comes on.
Heat pumps lose efficiency as the outdoor temperature drops because they draw their heat from the outdoor air. At some point, the gas or oil furnace becomes less expensive to use. Your Thermostat will be set to switch-over (from heat pump to gas or oil) automatically based on several factors.
When making your heat pump buying decision, Alanne Climate Control LLC can do a payback analyses on several models with various efficiencies and comfort features. Heat pumps lose efficiency as the outdoor temperature drops because they draw their heat from and comfort features. There are environmental factors to think about too. A more efficient one produces fewer greenhouse gases. R410A refrigerant is ozone-friendly.
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