What is a Heat Pump?

The Home Owner’s Guide to Heat Pumps

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Let’s talk about heat pumps.

There are many different ways to heat your home, and a heat pump is one of them. However, heat pumps aren’t just heating. These versatile systems can also cool your home and control humidity levels. This article will help you learn more about heat pumps, including how they work, their pros and cons, and whether this type of system is good for you.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is not just for delivering heat to a space. Heat pumps can also offer air conditioning and humidity control.

In the winter, when acting as a heater, the heat pump pulls heat from the cold air and transports it indoors.

In the summer, when acting as an air conditioner, it transports heat from indoors to the outside.

One part of the system stays inside and the other part remains outside of the home.

The indoor component is an air handler unit. It contains an evaporator coil, a blower, and a heater pack.

The outdoor component is a condenser unit. It contains a fan, motor, and condensing coil. It also has a reversing valve regulator that helps the system switch from heating to cooling.

The indoor and outdoor systems are connected by a refrigerant line. Because the two main components of the heat pump are split, this system is also referred to as a mini-split.

What are the benefits of using a heat pump?

Let’s discuss the many benefits that heat pumps offer and why you should choose this option.

Heat pumps are versatile. They can be used for heating and cooling.

Most heat pumps are easy to install. Depending on the size of your system, your heat pump can be installed in a matter of hours.

Heat pumps don’t take up a lot of space. When compared to air conditioners and furnaces, your heat pump system will be noticeably smaller.

Because of their energy efficiency, heat pumps are more affordable to run than other systems. You can actually save money each year when using this system. Although the initial investment may be higher, you’ll reap the financial benefits in the long run.

Heat pumps offer humidity control. In the summer, you can reduce the in-room humidity and remove moisture by turning your heat pump on dry mode.

Heat pumps require less maintenance. To ensure that your heat pump continues to perform well throughout the years, get one of our HVAC maintenance plans. We provide regular monitoring and maintenance, either monthly or twice a year. Learn more about our Smart Maintenance HVAC Plan here.

What is a Heat Pump?

What are the drawbacks to using a heat pump?

Heat pumps have a reputation for reliability and offer a ton of benefits for homeowners, but there are still some negative things to consider before choosing this option.

Heat pumps carry a high upfront installation cost. However, the installation cost can be offset by future savings on your utility bill.

Not every heat pump is easy to install, especially if land excavation is required. Installing a ground source heat pump will require extra research and preparation.

If you live in a colder climate, your heat pump may not work as well. In fact, a brittle cold spell can damage your system. This is why heat pumps are not suitable for certain areas.

Check out this post for the five common reasons why heat pumps fail.

Heat pumps vs air conditioners: What is the difference?

An air conditioner is a one-way system. It cannot heat a space, it can only cool.

By contrast, a heat pump can do both. For this reason, you can use your heat pump year round.

How much does it cost to install a heat pump?

The average cost to install a heat pump is between $4,000 to $10,000. The cost varies based on several factors, including the type of heat pump and the size of your space.

The most affordable heat pump system is the mini split ductless system. For a single-zone system, you can expect to pay around $4,000 for installation.

The most expensive heat pump system is the ground source or geothermal heat pump. Installation for this type of heat pump starts at around $10,000. A geothermal heat pump installation tends to be more expensive because it requires land excavation.

For more accurate pricing, contact us. We’ll provide a customized price for your unique space. Call us at 301-953-2820 or click here to send us an email.

What is a Heat Pump?

Can you save money using a heat pump?

You can absolutely save money by using a heat pump. On average, heat pumps can save approximately 40% annually on your heating and cooling costs. The average home can expect to save around $900 each year. With that amount of savings, you can earn back your financial investment in a few years’ time.

In addition to the savings on your utility costs, you may be able to qualify for local tax credits and rebates. Also check with your electricity company to see if they offer a special incentive for heat pumps.

What types of homes and environments would benefit most from heat pumps?

Heat pumps work best in areas that experience mild winters. If you consistently experience temperatures well below 0°F, a heat pump may not be the best option. At least, it shouldn’t be the only option. If you do choose to use a heat pump because of its various benefits, you should also opt for a secondary heat source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

What is the right size for a heat pump?

Heat pumps vary in size. To determine the ideal size for your heat pump, you must consider several factors, including the square footage, the number of windows in your space, and how much shade or sunlight that your room receives.

Heat pumps start at 18,000 BTU (or 1.5 ton) and go up to 60,000 BTU (or 5.0 ton). A 1.5 ton system can serve a home up to 1,000 square feet. A 2.0 ton can serve a home up to 1,300 square feet. A 2.5 ton can serve a home up to 1,600 square feet, and so on. A 5.0 ton heat pump can serve a home up to 3,200 square feet. If your home is larger, you may need to install more than one heat pump.

It’s better to opt for a more powerful system than it is to choose a heat pump that struggles to keep up.

How long can a heat pump last?

If properly cared for, your heat pump can last up to 20 years, and sometimes longer. To ensure that your heat pump stays in tip top shape, hire a team of professional HVAC experts who can check your system regularly.

Also be sure to protect your investment by getting a quality warranty for your system. Most heat pumps come with a basic manufacturer’s warranty (typically for 5 years) that you may be able to extend by registering. At Minnicks, all of our offer systems come with a 10 year warranty for parts and a 1 year warranty for labor.

In addition to a parts and labor warranty, we also offer a property protection guarantee. This means that we will protect your property during installation. Guaranteed.

Learn more about our 100% right or 100% free guarantee here.

Final Thoughts

Not sure whether a heat pump is the right choice for your home? Schedule an appointment with us, and we can provide expert advice on which heating and cooling system to choose.

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The Home Owner's Guide to Heat Pumps
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