Buying a new heat pump? Here’s what to consider before you buy

Are you thinking of buying a new heat pump? Whether it’s time to replace your old unit, or it’s just time for an upgrade, Air Control can help you find the new heat pump that’s right for your home.

There are multiple types of heat pumps, each with their own installation requirements, sizing, and energy-efficiency standards. It’s hard to keep all that straight! In this blog post, we’ll review the most important things to consider when deciding on a new heat pump.

For more advice, or to schedule your in-home estimate, contact us at Air Control Home Services.

3 things to consider when buying a new heat pump

Pictured: When buying a new heat pump, consider the energy-efficiency

If you’re in the market for a new heat pump here in Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, Kingman, or other parts of Mohave County, read through our tips before you buy:

1. Select the right type of heat pump for your needs

Keep in mind that there are different types of heat pumps. The common type of heat pumps include:

  • split ductless
  • air source
  • geothermal

Let’s review each and which are right for your home.

Split ductless heat pumps

Split ductless heat pumps consist of two units: an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor. The indoor air handler is generally installed on the ceiling, and is controlled using a remote control. The heat is delivered through multiple air handlers in different rooms.

These types of systems are ideal for large homes, where four or more air handlers can distribute consistent heat throughout the house. This is also the right kind of heat pump for a home without existing ductwork.

Air source heat pumps

An air source heat pump is the most common type of heat pump in the United States. Similar to a split ductless system, it consists of two parts: an indoor air handler and outdoor unit. It is different than the split ductless system in that the heat is delivered to the entire house centrally through a single air handler and air ducts.

This is the most standard type of heat pump and it’s ideal for multiple home types and sizes. Ductwork is required for this type of system.

Geothermal heat pumps

Geothermal heat pumps generate heat by moving a water solution through a series of pipes that are buried horizontally or vertically in loops outdoors. The water is warmed by the constant 50℉ to 60℉ temperature of the pool, ground, or well, and is circulated inside the house. (Here’s how these systems work)

There are a lot of factors that go into having a home that’s right for a geothermal heat pump system. Give Air Control a call to discuss your options and what kind of system would be right for your home.

Getting the right system

The type of heat pump you select will depend on your budget and home heating needs. An experienced technician from Air Control can guide you through the process of selecting the best type of heat pump for your house.

2. Consider your energy-efficiency needs

Another important factor to consider when buying a new heat pump is the energy- efficiency. The efficiency of ductless split systems, as well as air source heat pumps, is measured by Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy suggests buying a heat pump with HSPF of at least 8.5.

A geothermal heat pump’s heating efficiency is measured by Coefficient of Performance (COP). It is recommended that you buy a heat pump with a COP of at least 4.1.

No matter what type of heat pump you have Air Control install, a higher heating efficiency translates into more savings on your monthly energy bills.

3. Make sure you get the right-sized heat pump

As with traditional air conditioners and furnaces, the size of the heat pump matters, and can impact both your comfort and your system’s energy-efficiency. Buying an oversized or undersized heat pump will result in inefficient heating and poor comfort. It can even increase the wear-and-tear on the system!

So, how do you get the right heat pump for your home? That’s where we come in. Give Air Control a call to schedule an in-home estimate. Our expert technician will take measurements of your home and match you to the right heat pump for you and your family’s needs.

Call Air Control for heat pump installation in Mohave County

Air Control is the premier heating, cooling, and home services company serving Lake Havasu City and the surrounding communities in Mohave County. If you’re buying a new heat pump, start by giving us a call to schedule an in-home estimate. Contact us or give us a call at (928) 680-0600.

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