Should You Upgrade The Heat Pump?
What is a heat pump? This question is one the geothermal experts from Symbiont Service Corp in Englewood, Florida answer all the time. Another question they answer is, “should you upgrade the heat pump?”
First, to explain what a heat pump is; it’s an effective and energy efficient means of heating and/or colling a home or a commerical business in Florida. As with all HVAC systems, a heat pump will eventually need to be replaced. A heat pump will typically last for close to two decades. The longevity of your heat pump will depend on how well you maintain it over its lifespan.
If your heat pump is reaching the twenty-year mark, you may be considering a heat pump upgrade or replacement.
Should You Upgrade The Heat Pump?
When you’re talking with us about a heat pump upgrade, keep in mind there is a lot more than the price of the unit. You may even want to invest more for the heat pump in the beginning because you will reap the benefits in money-saving features and added efficiency. The money you save in your heating and cooling bills will help offset the cost of the upgraded heat pump over the life of it.
What should you look for when investing in a new heat pump?
- Energy Star equipment. When you buy a low cost heat pump, you likely won’t see the Energy Star certification. The reason for this is the lower cost heat pumps don’t meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s strict product guidelines for adherence to environmentally friendly measures. Buying an Energy Star certified heat pump lets you know you’ll definitely get an ROI (return on your investment) in the new heat pump.
- SEER ratings. A SEER rating, also known as seasonal energy efficiency ratio, is the comparison of how much cooling a system provides as compared to how much energy the unit consumes. If you invest in a heat pump with the highest SEER rating you can afford, you will be buying the most energy efficient heat pump. A heat pump with a SEER rating of 13, is the lowest allowable rating by law. A high end pump will have achieved a SEER rating of 18. You will pay more for the higher rating, but you will reap significant energy savings — it’s a win-win over the long run.
- Variable speed heat pumps. Just as variable speed pumps in a swimming pool are more energy efficient than single speed pumps so too are variable speed heat pumps more energy efficient. A single speed heat pump will run at a consistent and constant cycle and rate throughout the day. A variable speed heat pump blower will run continuously, but at varying speeds. When a variable speed heat pump continuously circulates the air, they run more quietly, operate more efficiency and address humidity more effectively.
Symbiont Service Corp., geothermal energy experts bring more than 30 years experience installing and servicing central air conditioners and heat pumps. If you’re concerned that your heat pump is reaching the end of its life, talk with us and we will help you find the most energy-efficient model your money can buy. Contact us to learn more!
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