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What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Heat Pump

When it’s time to get a new heat pump, there are several things you should think about before making a judgement on a particular replacement heat pump. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Ambient Air can help you choose the heat pump that will keep your home cozy season after season.

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

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement heat pump is another thing to consider. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your heat pump to condition the air in the areas you commonly use, rather than trying to keep the whole house at the same temperature. If you want additional information about zoning solutions for your house, Ambient Air can help.

Size
Another critical part of choosing the best heat pump for your home is ensuring it’s the proper 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 Tucson 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 important in warmer climates, but a higher HSPF is more beneficial in colder climates. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, you should consider buying 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’re not in this alone. Ambient Air is happy to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Just give us a call at 520-201-3871 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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