Using an air-source heat pump is a highly efficient way to heat and cool your home. When selecting a system, it’s important to consider its efficiency and advanced features to ensure energy savings and a comfortable home – all year.
Heat Pump Efficiency
The efficiency of a heat-pump system is revealed through an efficiency rating known as heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). For ideal savings, you’ll want to select a system that’s at least HSPF 8. However, high-efficiency systems run from HSPF 14 to 18. With a higher HSPF, you’ll get better energy savings.
Heat Pump Features That Increase Efficiency
- Demand frost control: This feature will help to ensure that the system defrosts appropriately, particularly important for units used in the Northeast Ohio area.
- Two-speed compressors: These high-tech devices allow the system to respond to the climate’s temperature demands with just the right amount of heating and cooling. They use less electricity to do so, and the wear and tear on the compressor is reduced as well.
- Scroll compressors: With an expanded compressor surface, these devices can efficiently compress more refrigerant and deliver warmer air, increasing comfort and extending the life of the system.
- Variable-speed motors: These energy savers can be used on the fans located in both the indoor and outdoor unit, and help to significantly reduce electricity consumption. They also enhance comfort, because lower fans speeds will keep the heated air moving more consistently throughout the day, and improve air circulation.
- Desuperheaters: If you select this add-on feature, the waste heat from the heat pump will be used to heat the water for your home, and it’s a more efficient process than that of a standard electric water heater; however, this operation works best in the summer, when the amount of waste heat produced is at its highest. (This feature is used in geothermal systems)
When you select your heat pump, be sure to evaluate its efficiency and advanced features that will help you to save the most energy possible, while maximizing comfort. The experts at Stack Heating & Cooling are available to help.
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