Although it is called a heat pump, this appliance can be used as an air conditioner too. It functions by transporting heat, rather than generating it (in contrast to a furnace), which is the reason it is called a dual purpose appliance. Much is often said about the efficiency of heat pumps. However, the majority of air conditioners are roughly equal, with regards to energy efficiency.
Understanding HSPF and SEER
Air conditioners are given SEER ratings for efficiency. The higher the rating, the less expensive it is to run. There’s not much difference between 26 and 23.5; however, and the efficiency varies from model to model. HSPF is another type of rating for heat pumps. According to Johnathan from onthespothvac.com: “HSPF is an acronym for ‘heating seasonal performance factor.” It informs you how efficiently the appliance heats a room. Be aware of the following efficiency rating examples, that air conditioners are typically just as good – if not better than heat pumps – based on the model you buy. The biggest difference between the examples is that air conditioners only cool your property, whereas heat pumps can warm it up.
Is Climate a Relevant Consideration With Heat Pumps?
The majority of heat pumps work best in hotter climates, with milder winters, apart from integrated units that need heat pumps for backups — like with geothermal units. We advise speaking to a NATE qualified HVAC technician, who works in your area, before choosing a heat pump. If the appliance isn’t suitable for your property, your electricity bills could be expensive. After the temperature drops too low, it is extremely difficult for a heat pump to extract heat from the atmosphere, so it might not achieve the temperature shown on your thermostat. Consequently, you might end up operating your heat pump constantly, or turning your emergency heat on round the clock during the winter. This will increase your energy use significantly.
Heat Pumps Versus Furnaces
Furnaces are more powerful heating systems and are crucial for certain cooler climates. This is because heat pumps have problems when temperatures reach roughly fourty degrees Fahrenheit. While it might sound strange, during chillier temperatures, heat pumps are meant to take heat from outside and use this to make indoor air warmer. The outdoor air might feel cold, but there’s still lots of heat available for heat pumps to work OK. However, in particularly cold areas, there’s insufficient heat outdoors to raise the indoor temperature enough to keep warm. Therefore, although heat pumps might be fine over the winter for Daytona Beach residents, people living in the Big Apple who have heat pumps might need furnaces as well, for the more severe temperatures. If you live in these cooler climates and do not have a furnace to use when the temperature reaches freezing, your heat pump might operate for hours attempting to warm your property sufficiently for comfort.
Achieving Optimum Heat Pump Efficiency
In lots of states, a heat pump can work with a geothermal system, and the source of heat is more environmentally friendly because it doesn’t burn fossil fuel. Rather, it uses the planet’s current temperature to cool and heat. This is an excellent substitute for certain northern climates. However, additional land has to be available to fit the required piping for such a system.
As far as home comfort goes, you probably won’t want other things to worry about; however, don’t forget, it is vital to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each cooling and heating system. By doing this, you will avoid buying a system that malfunctions when severe temperatures arise or buying a couple of systems when you could have spent less on one.
You can contact us at any time to discuss your air conditioning needs, and make sure that you select the most suitable system for your property.