Do air source heat pumps work? Yes, especially when you plan well and install them correctly!
Air source heat pumps are the future of efficient heating and cooling, for good reason. Like any other technology, air source heat pumps work best when they’re properly installed and maintained.
When you hear people say air source heat pumps don’t work well or don’t save money, it’s generally because:
- They were using a much earlier generation of heat pumps. Today’s heat pumps work much better than the systems of 10 or 20 years ago, especially in cold climates.
- The system was not matched well to the location. Using a heat pump that is too powerful can result in poor energy efficiency.
- The heat pumps aren’t being properly maintained. Like air conditioners, heat pumps need regular maintenance. Contact the manufacturer or ask us at McMahon Plumbing & Heating if you want to know about the maintenance needs of your particular system.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning a heat pump installation.
- Sizing: Proper sizing of the heat pump is crucial for efficient operation. A professional HVAC contractor will assess the heating and cooling needs of your home to determine the appropriate size of the system.
- Location: The outdoor unit should be installed in a well-ventilated area with enough space for proper airflow. Factors such as noise and visual impact should also be considered when selecting the location.
- Energy Efficiency Ratings: When choosing an air source heat pump, look for models with high energy efficiency ratings. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) indicates cooling efficiency, while the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures heating efficiency. Different models will work better in different climates.
- Professional Installation: It is crucial to hire a qualified HVAC professional with experience in installing air source heat pumps.
By considering these factors and consulting with an HVAC professional, you can ensure a smooth and successful installation of your air source heat pump, maximizing its benefits and performance.