Your heat pump is a more efficient way to heat your home in the winter. Most systems use electric heat strips located in the air handler. The air handler is usually located in the attic, garage or a closet. Electric heat is not as cost effective as a heat pump. The heat pump is simple in the winter time to outside condenser captures heat from out side, as strange as that sounds its true. It then releases the heat in the coil inside your air handler’s coil. If it gets too cold for the heat pump to operate the electric heat can be turned on warming your home. The electric heat strip is what the emergency heat switch is on your thermostat. It doesn’t have to be an emergency its just back up heat.
So why is a heat pump so efficient vs. electric heat. Very simple your condenser operates very efficiently during the cold months transferring heat to your home.
There are some catches to this; first, heat pumps air conditioning systems don’t last as long. Statistically, your heat pump will fail about 2.5 years sooner than system with electric heat. The reason for this is simple the outside condenser works all winter when a standard system’s condenser is resting.
Second, there are a lot more parts and electronics’ in a heat pump condenser such as defrost electronic boards and reversing valves. These are not inexpensive parts and labor to replace if your out of pocket.
Next is the added expense for the equipment. This is usually the breaking point for many people making the decision. If a heat pump adds 6 to 8 hundred to the expense to the price tag is it worth it. If there are rebates this may be a game changer.
Finally, the region makes a big difference in the effectiveness of each system. Lets look at Florida for instance. I always ask my clients how many days they use the heat in Florida. Many clients respond back you mean hours don’t you! Look its simple up north you use the heat for months in Florida you use it for days. There just isn’t a big opportunity to recoup much of a savings.
When you factor in everything just ask your self these questions. Is it worth shorter life expectancy, potentially greater out of pocket expense, an added upfront cost, and finally minimal opportunity to see any real savings?
These are just some of the question to consider before you make your final decision.
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