5 Reasons a Heat Pump Is a Good Choice for Your Home
Do you want to save money effortlessly and increase your indoor comfort level too? If you’re shopping for a new furnace and air conditioner, you have the opportunity to do just that. How? Instead of purchasing both systems, invest in a heat pump. You’ll get heating and cooling in one compact unit, and your Valdosta, Georgia, home will be comfortable year-round. Here are four good reasons why a heat pump installation gives you a great return on investment.
Heat and Cool With One Compact Unit
Heat pumps cool your home in summer just like air conditioners. However, unlike air conditioners, they also heat your home in winter. The systems accomplish this via a reversing valve. A reversing valve is a switch that changes the direction of the flow of refrigerant. In addition to removing heat from your home in summer and transferring it outside, heat pumps extract heat from the air outside and move it indoors in winter. These units are ideal for homes with limited space. Additionally, you only have to maintain one unit.
Save on Heating Costs
Heating and cooling make up about 50 percent of your total monthly energy bill. A heat pump can reduce heating costs by up to 50 percent. The savings on heating costs boils down to between one-half and one-third of what you’d pay to heat your home with a furnace. Industry studies show that a heat pump can save up to 30 percent on energy costs for a family of four during just one Valdosta, Georgia, heating season.
We carry heat pumps with high HSPF ratings. The HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) indicates a heat pump’s efficiency. It is a ratio of the total heat output during the heating season to the amount of electricity the unit consumes. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit.
Save on Cooling Costs
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the heat pump’s total output during the cooling season divided by the amount of electricity it consumes. The higher the SEER, the more energy-efficient the unit. Heat pumps have HSPFs from 8 to 13. SEER numbers go from 13 to 27.5. With Valdosta’s humid climate, you’ll use the air conditioner more than the heater. Therefore, be sure to pay particular attention to the SEER. You can make energy efficiency easy no matter the season.
Save With Variable Speed Compressor Technology
A variable speed compressor causes a heat pump to continually adjust its output according to the load requirements at any given time. Heat pumps make these adjustments without wasting energy. This responsive technology manages energy consumption by ensuring the heat pump only provides the level of air conditioning you need. The result is maximum indoor comfort at the lowest possible price.
Single-stage heat pumps operate on an all-or-nothing principle — which is not the best way to promote energy efficiency. On the other hand, savings of up to 40 percent on total annual energy costs are not uncommon for heat pumps with variable speed compressors. We’ll provide all the information and advice you need to make the right decision for your home.
The ideal relative indoor humidity falls anywhere from 30 to 50 percent. Heat pumps are better than traditional central HVAC systems for managing indoor humidity levels. Preventing high humidity in summer and dry indoor air in winter will promote HVAC efficiency and increase indoor comfort. However, managing indoor humidity goes beyond comfort. Low or high humidity can lead to health problems, and persons with respiratory conditions are particularly susceptible. For example, cold air will irritate the nasal passages, and high humidity can trigger asthma problems.
At Waller Heating & Air Conditioning, we carry heat pumps and other HVAC products that improve indoor comfort. You also benefit from enhanced energy efficiency, so you save money on energy costs. Call us today at (229) 375-5040 for more information or to schedule an appointment for heat pump installation.
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