A heat pump may reduce energy consumption and save money on energy bills.
How do heat pumps work? A heat pump is not limited to heating a home; it can be used for cooling a home as well. Heat pumps circulate heat instead of producing cold or hot air. Heat comes from the air, earth, or water. The heat pump brings heat into the house during the winter and removes warm air from the house during the summer. A heat pump is used to reduce energy consumption and save money on energy bills, irrespective of whether or not it is used together with an HVAC system.
Money-Saving Features of Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are energy efficient since they do not utilize energy for heating up or cooling down the air. Heat pumps normally produce three to five kilowatts of heat for every kilowatt of energy they use. They also utilize electricity instead of fossil fuels. One benefit of using electricity is that it is a renewable resource. It can also be environment-friendly when it is produced by photovoltaic solar panels, which get the energy from the sun. It also does not produce carbon monoxide unlike other systems that burn fossil fuels.
Best Places to Use Heat Pumps
Homes in areas with moderate climates can benefit greatly from heat pumps. It may be necessary to utilize a heat source, such as a standard furnace together with a heat pump in places like Minnesota. A dehumidifier may also be necessary during summers to ensure optimal comfort when a heat pump is used in extremely humid locations.
The Most Suitable Heat Pump for Your Needs
Residential heat pumps come in a number of sizes. A number of factors determine the most suitable one for the home. These factors include the house size, size and number of windows, and insulation inside the house. The installation cost is determined by the size of the heat pump used in the house. The quality of the unit and modifications made on the heat pump also affect the installation cost.
Saving Money with a Heat Pump
The Energy Star program offers federal tax credits to homeowners who purchase and install geothermal heat pumps until the 31st of December 2016. While documents are unnecessary when submitting the income tax return, the parts and labor receipt and signed certification statement from the manufacturer help homeowners to prove their tax credit eligibility. Incentives may be available for homeowners who upgrade an old pump or install a new one.
Getting the Most Out of Your Investment
Prior to the installation of a heat pump, the ductwork should be sealed and insulated properly to prevent heat loss. Routine maintenance can be performed by the homeowner, such as changing the filters monthly, shielding the unit from snow, and ensuring the cleanliness of the fan and outdoor coils. The heat pump should also undergo an annual maintenance by a St. Louis HVAC contractor to prevent potential problems.
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