What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Heat Pump

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to look for a new heat pump, there are many things you should weigh before making a choice on a particular replacement heat pump. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help you select the heat pump that will keep your home comfortable season after season.

Compressor Speed
Your heat pump may have a standard compressor or a two-speed compressor. With a standard compressor, the heat pump will work continuously to keep your home’s air comfortable. A two-speed compressor may be a more efficient solution; it will run only as needed to keep your pre-set temperature. Because it’s not operating as often, a two-speed compressor will generally last longer and need fewer repairs than its standard compressor counterpart.

Zoning
Whether you want to include a zoning system with your replacement heat pump is another thing to consider. You could save costs by more efficiently using your heat pump to condition the air in the areas you typically use, rather than trying to keep all rooms at the same temperature. If you want more information about zoning solutions for your home, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can help.

Size
Another vital part of selecting the best heat pump for your home is confirming it’s the right size. If your heat pump is too large for your home’s comfort needs, it will waste a lot of energy endlessly cycling on and off. If your heat pump is too small, it won’t have the capacity to sustain comfortable temps on the coldest or warmest Opelika days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to know your heat pump’s energy efficiency rating. Heat pump efficiency is determined by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). According to Consumer Reports, a higher SEER is more vital in warmer climates, but a higher HSPF is better in colder climates. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, you should consider selecting a heat pump that is at least 15 SEER and 8.5 HSPF. The most efficient ENERGY STAR-rated heat pumps are 18 to 27.5 SEER and 8.5 to 12.5 HSPF.

As you can see, it helps to do some initial research when searching for a replacement heat pump. But, you don’t have to tackle this on your own. Farnell Mechanical, Inc. is available to answer all of your questions and help you pick a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 334-245-4748 or schedule an appointment with us online.