If you’re on the hunt for the HVAC system that will give you the greatest return on your investment, a geothermal heat pump is likely your best option. A high-efficiency air-source heat pump comes in at a close second. According to studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), heat pumps are currently the most energy-efficient HVAC systems available on the market. Every household has its own specific heating and cooling demands, however. The best HVAC investment is the one that meets your needs, fits your budget and saves you money on your energy bills. The following information can help you determine if a heat pump is right for you.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
Rather than converting fuel into heat like standard furnaces and boilers, heap pumps simply move heat from one place to another. Heat pumps use pressurized refrigerant or a mix of water and antifreeze to capture heat and transfer it between the inside and the outside of your home. That dual functionality means that they can be used for both heating and cooling, saving you the expense of purchasing separate systems. Heat pumps can be designed to heat either air or water and in some models, both.
Which Type of Heat Pump Is Best?
The two most common types of residential heat pumps are air source and geothermal systems. The primary difference between the two is that air source pumps collect heat or disperse it through outdoor air while ground source heat pumps transfer heat to and from the ground. Geothermal energy from solar radiation keeps the soil beneath the surface of the earth at a consistently warm temperature. Ground source systems use pipes buried in the ground to take advantage of this reliable source of heat. For large installations, ground source systems often use a water source heat pump to transfer the working fluid.
Air source heat pumps work much like conventional air conditioners in the summer, capturing heat from indoor air and moving it outside. In the winter, the systems reverses and the pumps pull heat from outdoor air. These types of pumps work well in areas where temperatures rarely drop below freezing. They’re more affordable to install than geothermal systems too. Geothermal pumps win when it comes to energy efficiency, however. They can be up to 72 percent more efficient than a standard electrical heating and cooling system, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). Federal tax credits can significantly reduce upfront costs as well.
Whether you need an HVAC system for a home without ductwork or a radiant flooring system to warm your toes on chilly winter mornings, there’s a heat pump available for every application. The experts at Accurate Comfort Services can help you crunch the numbers to determine which HVAC product offers you the best ROI. We’re proud to offer ongoing specials that can significantly reduce installation costs too. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact the pros at Accurate Comfort Services today.