When used in a suitable climate, heat pumps can provide an extremely efficient source of heating and cooling to meet your home’s needs. A correctly installed air-source heat pump can effectively warm your home, while having a relatively small impact on your energy consumption, because it can provide up to three times more heating energy than the electrical energy it uses.
Selecting an air-source heat pump for your home? Consider these four important factors, recommended by the U.S. Department of Energy:
- Demand-defrost control is an essential feature to look for with your heat pump. This feature reduces heat-pump and supplemental energy usage by minimizing the defrost cycles.
- Place the heat-pump coil upstream of the furnace for maximum efficiency, when looking to add a heat pump to an electric style furnace.
- Noise considerations need to be accounted for in the best way possible. Place the outdoor unit clear of windows and nearby buildings, and consider mounting the unit itself on a noise-reducing platform. Selecting a heat pump with a low outdoor sound rating is also recommended; look for 7.6 bels or less.
- Your unit’s efficiency is often tied directly to its location. Find an outdoor spot that is shielded from high winds, as they can be a catalyst for potential defrosting issues. Strategic fence or vegetation – such as trees or bushes – placement can provide the necessary wind protection for your outdoor unit.
These tips should help you turn your investment in a heat-pump system into optimal efficiency and comfort, and improve the conditions in your home for you and your loved ones. If you have any questions about heat pumps, please contact Powers Heating & Air. We are proud to serve the fine people of Peachtree City and the surrounding area.
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