Heat pumps can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50%. This is compared to electric resistance heating like furnaces and baseboard heaters.
With the fall and winter seasons rapidly approaching, it may be time to consider a heat pump replacement. Those with heat pumps already should make sure their home’s heat pump is in working order. If not, it could be time to replace it with an upgraded version.
Though heat pumps are thought to be only for heating, yet modern heat pumps also provide cooling. Since these machines offer both, many consumers choose heat pumps over gas or oil heat.
Read on to find out more about when you need to replace a heat pump, and what the expected costs may look like.
The biggest gripe for homeowners with replacing their heat pumps is the time. Certain heat pumps will last longer than others. The average lifespan will run approximately 10-15 years, give or take a few years.
The older a heat pump is, the more electricity it uses. Well-maintained heat pumps save energy consumption by 10-25%, yet they still need to be replaced sometimes. Over time, heat pumps start to wear down.
Replacing a heat pump is more efficient in the long-term, and will cost less money to take care of. Pouring money into the old unit is not economical for your monthly bill, either.
Types of Heat Pump Replacement Units
There are a few different types of heat pumps to consider, with the typical ones being:
- Geothermal (ground-to-air) — A geothermal heat pump draws the heat from the ground. They are installed underground and are protected from the elements. Typically, installation of a geothermal heat pump is more costly than others. Yet, the maintenance is not required as frequently as other pumps.
- Air-Source (air-to-air) — An air-source heat pump draws the heat from the outside air. These are installed on the exterior of buildings and homes. They are less costly to install, as they are above-ground. The maintenance may be more frequent, however, since the pump itself is exposed to the elements.
Heat pump replacement costs vary, which is no surprise. As previously mentioned, geothermal and water-source pumps are inside the ground, which costs more to install. Air-source are more common as they are externally placed on the building itself.
A few factors delegate what kind of heat pump is right for you:
- Size of the home or unit — The pump should be sized along with the demands for the unit itself. Also, consider the number of rooms the unit has.
- Climate — High-efficiency heat pumps may be a requirement in climates that can get extremely hot or cold. It may not be cost-effective for you to purchase an air-source heating pump.
- Ducts — Some homes or units may require a duct system if there is not an existing one. There are ductless heat pumps and short-run ducts for smaller units. Consider alternative ways to install the heat pump replacement to suit your situation.
Helping You Through Hot and Cold Times
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We understand proper installation and maintenance of heating and cooling systems can be difficult. We are here to provide top-notch service with quality customer interaction at a fair price.
From AC maintenance check-ups to full-service HVAC system installations, we at Comfort Conditioning are here to help. Contact us now for more information!
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