When shopping for a new heat pump system, homeowners should explore a variety of models, from basic ones to the more advanced. It’s worthwhile taking the time to consider available features of a heat pump, and consider whether investing in a high-efficiency system is cost effective and fits within your budget.
One primary feature to look for are those that offer a choice in speed, as these greatly increase efficiency possibilities.
A system with a two-speed compressor gets better energy savings because it allows for a better response to weather conditions. This system will generally operate at a low speed during mild weather, and ramp up to high speed on the most extreme days. Better energy savings comes from decreased electricity consumption, and these systems will last longer because they don’t work as hard. A properly sized system will run in low speed around 75% of the time.
You can also select a model that allows the air handler’s motor to operate in either dual- or variable-speeds. In climates such as Texas’, variable-speed models are worth the investment because homeowners have to use their heat pumps for continuous cooling over a long summer season. They also allow ideal comfort, because fans can ramp up slowly, and you get a more even comfort level — without the noisy “whoosh” of systems with only one option for motor speed.
A system with a scroll compressor takes advantage of high-tech cooling. With one spiral coil that is motionless and one that circles the other, these coils are able to better compress refrigerant and maximize its use. These compressors also have a longer lifespan, while providing homeowners with up to a 15-degree increase in the heating mode, providing significant energy savings in both seasons.
While higher-efficiency systems generally cost more initially, their ability to provide optimal comfort and increased energy savings make them a wise investment.
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