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Know How to Select an Air Source Heat Pump for Your Use

An air-source heat pump can efficiently control the heating and cooling needs of your home. When professionally installed, it can be the source of 1.5 to 3 times more heat energy for your home than the actual amount of electrical energy it requires for domestic hot water, space heating or pool/hot tub heating. This is achievable because an air source heat pump circulates heat rather than producing it from any combustible fuel used in conventional heating systems.

Though air source heat pumps have been part of the American households for many years, a few years back they have no use in areas experiencing elongated periods of freezing temperatures. However, there is a great advancement in air-source heat pump technology in recent years, so as to ensure a reasonable domestic hot water or space heating alternative in cold climate regions. When a single unit gets installed in your North American or Arctic home, it can help you make large savings on utility bills every year.

All air source heat pumps selling in this market don’t have the same performance capability. You won’t be able to select the right cold climate heat pump for your region and home until you consider a few important factors like the heat pump’s heating and cooling efficiency performance ratio which will help you distinguish it from other varieties available on the market.

An air source heat pump’s energy efficiency can be rated by the total amount of heat (Btu) it requires for or removes from the space during the heating season or cooling season (watt-hours).

The Heating Season Performance Factor (HSPF) indicates the heating efficiency of the heat pump. It shows both the effectiveness of the compressor and the electric-resistance components. The HSPF represents the amount of heat in Btu consumed per watt-hour. The most proficient air source heat pumps have an HSPF ratio falling in between 8 to 10.

Similarly, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) indicates the cooling efficiency of the heat pump. It represents the total amount of heat in Btu removed by the heat pump during the cooling season per watt-hour. Generally, the heat pumps having the higher SEER ratings cost more. However, the annual energy savings can pay back the higher investment cost during the heat pump’s lifespan. A new air source heat pump replacing a traditional unit will consume far less energy, reducing your air-conditioning costs significantly.

In colder climates, the higher HSPF rating will be helpful. However, SEER rating is far more crucial than HSPF for warmer climate regions.

There are a few other crucial factors to consider when selecting an air-source heat pump for installation at your home:

  • Select an air source heat pump according to the size of your home. If it is an oversized unit, then there is a risk of the pump performing less efficiently and causing damage to the system components faster than usual.
  • Consider selecting a heat pump with an intelligent defrost control. It will decide the exact start pressure and defrost time, according to the outside temperature.
  • Take into account the heat pump design and its core materials, and find out a place in your home has enough space for fans and ducts.
  • Fans along with compressors make a noisy sound. So go about selecting a heat pump having an outdoor sound rating equal to lower than 7.6 bels.

If you need the best performing and the best-priced air source heat pump, then Arctic Heat Pumps have the energy efficient varieties on offer. All of them are expertly designed to add to your heating and cooling experience. In fact, you can use them in combination with a solar thermal heater to generate an additional 47,000 heat energy in Btu per day on average per collector. To live comfortably in your home in the middle of the coldest North American winter or to enjoy 80% energy efficiency even in the cloudy days, order solar integrated air source heat pumps with Arctic Heat Pumps at +1 204-232-1139 or drop a message at sales@arcticheatpumps.com!

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