It might seem difficult to think about something called a “heat pump” being of practical use in the summer, but fear not – a heat pump can also cool your home! Not only that, it does so in an efficient manner and can save you money in energy costs. ENERGY STAR certified heat pumps have higher ratings for seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), energy efficiency ratio (EER), and heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) and use about 5% percent less energy than conventional new models.
Most importantly though, it does a great job of keeping you comfortable in your home.
Heat pumps, like traditional central air conditioning and furnaces, can be controlled with a thermostat. Having a thermostat that can auto change between heating and cooling is essential. New technology like Bryant Evolution Connex and Bryant Housewise allow Wi-Fi connections that allow you to manage your home’s temperature settings from anywhere, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Some thermostats qualify for utility rebates , check with your utility provider.
Normally, air-source heat pumps contain a second source of heat that help warm your home on days when the unit is unable to draw enough warmth from outdoor air. This is done using electric heat strips within the unit. Hybrid units combine an electric heat pump and a propane or gas furnace into one, providing a much more energy-efficient alternative.
We’ve talked about variable fan motor speeds in this space previously, and an added benefit for comfort is a two-stage or variable speed heat pump. These units run with lower airflow, which reduces temperature swings as well as humidity in the space, making you more comfortable. The compressor will run longer, but at a lower speed, allowing the air to be treated more efficiently.
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