“If you’re currently relying on old, inefficient heating and cooling equipment and are looking to upgrade, installing a heat pump may be the way to go. However, there are lots of factors to consider in order to maximize comfort and efficiency. To help out, we’ve put together five steps to guide this decision-making process.
Understand whether a heat pump is appropriate for your home.
Even in cold climates, air-source heat pumps can offer reliable heating and cooling: when it’s warm outside, the heat pump removes heat from the indoor air and transfers it outside, and, when the weather is cooler, the heat pump removes heat from the outdoor air and transfers it inside.
Calculate heating and cooling loads.
An incorrectly-sized heat pump will not only fail to create a comfortable living space, but it will also use excess energy. Units that are too small will run continually to try to meet the desired room temperature, whereas units that are too large will cycle on and off frequently as they quickly reach the desired temperature, shut off, and then cycle back on to re-attain that temperature.”
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Also of the utmost importance is finding a reliable and honest HVAC contractor for installing your heat pump. They should be able to answer any questions you might have and determine if that is the best option for your home. All too often, some companies try to take advantage of a situation and sell a unit that you do not need. When in doubt, always get a second opinion!
At Apple Valley Eagan Appliance, we’re happy to answer any questions our customers have about heat pumps and other HVAC products. We’ve maintained an A+ rating with the BBB for nearly 10 years due to our commitment to customer satisfaction. Please call us at 952-953-0080 or visit our heating page for more information.