The most popular residential HVAC system is the heat pump. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Particularly in the U.S., almost all new homes come equipped with this type of system.
Why has this type of heating system become so mainstream and what do you need to know about such a system for your home?
Benefits of Residential Heat Pumps
- There are obvious advantages to having a single unit responsible for both heating and cooling your home. No longer do you need a single window unit air conditioner that can barely keep up with the main living area, or several window units that tend to drip, leak air and lower your insulation values. Add to these costs a heat furnace for cold weather (particularly oil or gas)-and you could be looking at a hefty expense - especially considering the recent gas prices.
- Most heat pumps are regulated by a central thermostat - preferably programmable. In this way, the temperature can be set and the heat (or air conditioning) will cycle on and off dependent on the room temperature you desire.
- One newer innovation (that is becoming more standard) is to have bi-level heat pumps. A larger heat pump is sized for the bigger, main floor of the home, and the smaller one is sized for the upstairs. In this way, the unused bedrooms can be kept cooler or warmer during the day, while the main area is kept more comfortable. This can add up to big savings.
- The newer models are much more energy efficient than the older ones. You can even choose an Energy Star model with a super high efficiency rating.
- Because these heating systems are so mainstream, it isn't difficult to find someone who is qualified to install or repair such hvac equipment.
Residential HVAC Heat Pump
Potential Drawbacks of
Traditional Heat Pumps
Many people are unaware of this, but heat pump efficiency and comfort are drastically reduced when the outdoor temperature dips well below the freezing mark and stays for any length of time.
If you depend upon a heat pump for your primary source of heat and you live in a frigid winter climate, consider a backup source of heat for those extra cold days. Something as simple as
oil filled radiator heaters
can be a big source of energy savings and comfort in the winter.
Other than these extremes, heat pumps can be very efficient provided they are sized properly for your house. Be certain that the electrical load is calculated properly for your home's size.
If the residential hvac system is too small, it will run constantly. If it is too large, it will cycle on and off persistently, running up your energy bill and failing to maintain a steady temperature in your home.
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