When evaluating your home’s heating and air conditioning system, you’ll want to consider whether an air-source heat pump is appropriate for you. Modern heat pumps work better and can be up to twice as efficient as those from three decades ago.
Heat pumps save energy.
- Rather than consuming an outside energy source such as electricity or natural gas to heat and cool air, they use the difference between outdoor and indoor air temperatures to move heat (or cooled air) from one location to another.
- Residential heat pumps come with an Energy Guide Label, which shows the heating and cooling efficiency performance rating, so you can compare available products. Those with an Energy Star designation are more energy efficient than standard new models and may be significantly more efficient than equipment you are currently using. As of December 1, 2009, homeowners who install Energy Star-qualified air-source heat pumps are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that heat pumps can present problems, such as low air flow, leaky ducts or incorrect refrigerant charge. However, our team of expert technicians can help you avoid or alleviate these problems.
- Reverse Cycle Chillers (RCCs) are a new type of air-source heat pump with several advantages including alternative distribution systems such as radiant floor heat or multiple heating and cooling zones which can increase comfort and efficiency. RCCs can be particularly effective for all-electric homes. You can save even more energy by outfitting your Reverse Cycle Chiller with a refrigeration heat reclaimer (RHR), which makes hot water.
A heat pump can provide as much as three times more heat (or cooling) energy than the electricity it consumes. That means you may get more “comfort per dollar.” But how do you know if it’s the right solution for you? Contact one of our professional consultants at Wolff Mechanical. We’re experts at heating and cooling solutions.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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