12 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

How To Choose and Install a Heat Pump


Are you always annoyed with the aspect of maintaining the right temperature in your home because the air conditioning system and heater in your house constantly provides you with high electric bills?  If the answer is a resounding yes, then you may want to consider the heat pump.  If chosen and installed right, these devices can actually shave off at least 30 percent of your energy consumption which will translate to awesome savings with regards to your electric bill.  Interested?  Well, you may be quite crazy if you aren’t.  That said here are some tips on how to choose the heat pump for your home as well as how to install it the right way.

  • Size matters.  When choosing a heat pump to purchase, the first factor that you should consider is the size.  You will want to get a heat pump that is just the right size for your home.  It should not be too small or else it will not get the job done and may overload as you will probably over clock it to work harder.  On the other hand, it should not be too large as well since this will be less energy efficient and may breakdown due to the wearing down of its parts due to shorter compressor powering cycles.  That said pick out a heat pump based on your homes dimension.  You can consult the staff on what size would be good for your home if you can provide him with an accurate make of your home.
  • Efficiency is definitely crucial.  Alright, there are two things that you will need to look for in heat pumps when it comes to efficiency.  And, this will be based on the type of climate in your area.  For instance, if you live in an area with warmer climates, then you will need a heat pump that is efficient in cooling.  Getting a pump that has a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) will provide your home with fantastic cooling efficiency.  For heating purposes, you will want to get a pump that has a high HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor).  Whatever is the case, the higher the rating for any of them based on your climate, the less energy consumed and the less electricity costs you will have to worry about.
  • Get it installed.  Installing a heat pump is complex.  Hence, the actual labor and design should be left to a certified contractor, the kind specializing in HVAC installations.   Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and is properly bonded and insured.
  • Insulation is key.  The contractor will probably recommend you to invest in more insulation to supplement the efficiency of the heat pump that will be installed.  Yes, this is actually correct.  Whether your heat pump can handle the dimensions of your home or not, installing proper insulation along your walls and roof will greatly reduce the stress of the pump and make your home warmer or cooler, whichever you prefer.


Now, even if you have hired a contractor to do all the manual labor for you, it will be smart of you to know more about the installation process.  Reading the literature that came with the unit is a good way to ensure that your contractor is installing the equipment the proper way.

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