Firmly positioned as one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool homes, heat pumps have come a long way. Today’s systems use advanced technology that leads to improved home comfort, lower energy bills, and a longer life span for the system.
If you’re looking to upgrade your HVAC equipment, or need to replace an older heat pump, look for high-tech heat pump features to maximize your investment.
To choose features to optimize performance, you first need to understand how a heat pump works. A heat pump essentially moves already-existing heat from one place to another, depending on the season. That makes it far more efficient than a furnace that burns fossil fuels or uses electricity to generate heat.
Among the heat pump features you should consider to increase performance:
- A two-speed compressor. This component reduces wear and tear on the system, as well as the amount of electricity consumed during heating and cooling.
- A multi- or dual-speed motor. Powering the air handler, these motors can operate at several speeds to deliver a more even velocity of air at a lower cost.
- A desuperheater. This component uses excess heat to provide hot water for your home.
- A high-efficiency compressor. Generally called a scroll compressor, this component uses refrigerant more efficiently due to its increased surface area. It also lasts longer and operates more quietly than standard compressors.
Homeowners living in hotter climates like ours in San Antonio often choose a heat pump because they can invest in one system to provide both heating and cooling. In summer, heat pumps are about as efficient as conventional A/C systems. Their real benefits are their ability to heat more efficiently and to deliver conditioned air at a steady rate often making them more comfortable than standard forced-air systems.
When upgrading, look for these heat pump features to improve your comfort and leave more money in your pocket each month. For help selecting a system, contact Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning today.
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