What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Heat Pump

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to look for a new heat pump, there are several things you should weigh before making a decision on a particular replacement heat pump. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Connolly Electric & Mechanical can help you find the heat pump that will keep your home comfortable season after season.

Compressor Speed
Your heat pump may have a standard compressor or a two-speed compressor. With a standard compressor, the heat pump will work continuously to keep your home’s air comfortable. A two-speed compressor can be a more efficient option; it will run only as needed to keep your pre-set temperature. Because it’s not working as often, a two-speed compressor will generally last longer and require fewer repairs than its standard compressor counterpart.

Zoning
Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement heat pump is another consideration. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your heat pump to condition the air in the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want additional information about zoning solutions for your house, Connolly Electric & Mechanical can help.

Size
Another important part of choosing the best heat pump for your home is confirming it’s the right size. If your heat pump is too large for your home’s comfort needs, it will waste a lot of energy continuously cycling on and off. If your heat pump is too small, it won’t have the ability to provide sufficient heat on the coldest or warmest Cottonwood days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to consider your heat pump’s energy efficiency rating. Heat pump efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). According to Consumer Reports, a higher SEER is more vital in warmer climates, but a higher HSPF is better in colder climates. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, you should consider purchasing a heat pump that is at least 15 SEER and 8.5 HSPF. When reviewing heat pumps, you’ll find that the most efficient systems have ratings of 18 to 27.5 SEER and 8.5 to 12.5 HSPF.

As you can see, many factors come into play when shopping for a replacement heat pump. But, we can help. Connolly Electric & Mechanical is available to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 928-244-8840 or arrange an appointment with us online.