Tips For Choosing A Heat Pump

Choosing any home appliance isn’t an easy task. There are always so many features to consider, the energy efficiency, the size, the model, the manufacturer and of course the price. It might sound daunting but most of us have the ability to make a decision about what new fridge or stove to buy. When it comes to more uncommon appliances like a heat pump that we’re going to be using to heat our home, going through the list of requirements is much more difficult. Making an educated choice that will properly suit our homes can be a challenge, so here are some tips to help you out.

Heat Pump Energy Star Ratings

The Energy Star rating helps illustrate how efficient a heat pump is. ENERGY STAR® qualified heat pumps can use up to 30% less energy throughout a cold season when compared to regular heat pumps. These units might cost a little more initially, but over time they will recover that cost and save you more, if properly maintained. Overall, they can save you around $150 a year compared to average models of heat pumps.

Here’s a good resources that can help you understand the difference between ENERGY STAR® qualified heat pumps and regular heat pumps.

Choose A Correctly Sized Heat Pump

This is one of the most important aspects when choosing a heat pump. If you choose one that’s too small it will use more energy trying to heat up a space that’s too big for it to handle. If your heat pump is too large then it will be less efficient because it will keep cycling on and off in order to keep from overheating.

What sized heat pump you should buy is based on a few different factors, such as:

  • Where you live – some heat pumps do not perform as well in extremely cold areas, so if your area is regularly below -5ºC,  it’ll be important to choose a heat pump that will perform well in very cold weather. Otherwise the until will expend a lot of energy defrosting.
  • Climate – seaside or geothermal areas require heat pumps that have protection against corrosion.
  • How big your house is.
  • How well your home is insulated.
  • How many windows there are in your home.

Where Should A Heat Pump Be Located?

Condenser Unit Placement (outside) – The outside or condenser unit needs good airflow in order to work efficiently. It’s also a good idea to get it as much sun as possible during the winter, and keep it away from frost. Protecting your heat pump from elements that might cause corrosion is also important. Avoid positioning it under a deck or another type of shelter where it doesn’t get sun or good air circulation. One other thing to consider is that these units can create a bit of noise, so positioning them next to a window might not be ideal.

Air Handler Unit Placement (indoor) – There are many types of heat pumps such as high-wall, floor-mounted console or ceiling cassettes. Floor-mounted units are the best for quick heating, but you need to have the floor space to accommodate them and they can’t be blocked by furniture, curtains or anything else. High-wall units are one of the most common options and newer models are getting less and less obvious. Quite often they blend in well with your furniture and decor. A ceiling cassette heat pump means that your heat pump is mounted into the ceiling. There are certain barriers to this type of heat pump, but they are a great option if you don’t have the floor or wall space to accommodate other models.

Ductless Air Can Help

Overall, choosing a heat pump can be confusing, which is why we’re here to help. Contact a Ductless Air HVAC technician today to schedule an appointment to discuss installing a new heat pump or replacing an old model. Ductless Air can answer all your questions and provide you with a free estimate for the unit and the labour. Contact us here: 647-547-6079