Heat & Cool Your Home
Heat pumps provide the best of both worlds when it comes to heating and cooling your home. Because of this factor, it is recommended to invest in a higher efficiency heat pump since it will be working for you all year round.
When purchasing a new heat pump, you have the option to have a variable speed compressor. Just like the multi-stage furnaces and air conditioners, this allows the heat pump to match the output required to keep your home at a consistent temperature all year round while using the least amount of energy possible.
A new heat pump has the ability to reach a SEER rating of 20 on the higher end units and a HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) rating of 13. If you currently have a 10 SEER heat pump or air conditioner, upgrading to a high efficiency heat pump could essentially double the efficiency of your current set up.
Things To Consider
- Number of windows in your home
- Number of people living in your home
- Temperature preferences
- Layout and existing duct work in your home (if applicable)
- Type and quality of insulation in your attic and walls
- Preferences in efficiency and price
A new heat pump will generally cost your more than a new air conditioner due to the fact that it is essentially a heating and cooling unit all in one. You can expect to spend anywhere from $3,500 and up for a new heat pump.
However, if you purchase a higher end unit, it will essentially pay for itself over time with the energy savings it will give you.
Extremely Cold Weather
Heat pumps are designed to efficiently heat your home when the outside temperature is 35 degrees and higher. When the outside temperature dips below freezing, there is generally no heat in the air for the heat pump to use.
At this point, your system will generally kick over to “auxillary or emergency” heat and your gas furnace will take over.