In our climate, a heat pump provides an efficient, cost-effective method of heating and cooling a home. There are different heat pump technologies available, but air-source units that transfer warmth between indoor and outdoor air are the most common type found in American homes. As the technology advances, new heat pump features are becoming available that enhance performance and energy efficiency.
Previously, heat pump compressors had only one speed and always ran at full capacity. Now, two-speed compressors are available that operate at a low speed most of the time and transition to high speed only when necessary.
This efficient operation puts less wear on the equipment and provides significant energy savings, especially when paired with a zoning system. Another cutting-edge option is a scroll compressor. Compared to traditional piston compressors, these units make less noise during operation, have longer life spans, and can pump out air that’s 10-15 degrees warmer when in heating mode.
Heat pumps that offer dual-speed or variable-speed fans and blowers can boost comfort and reduce energy consumption. These advanced technologies match the fan speed to a home’s heating or cooling needs to optimize energy savings. Because the fan or blower isn’t always running on high, these units operate quietly as well.
A high-efficiency heat pump that’s equipped with a desuperheater can virtually eliminate water-heating costs during the cooling season. When the unit is in cooling mode, this feature recycles waste heat and re-purposes it to efficiently heat the home’s hot water supply.
Air-source heat pumps often have inefficient electric resistance heat strips as a backup for those times during the winter when it isn’t possible to pull warmth from the outdoor air. Today, HVAC professionals can install heat pumps equipped with combustion burners that run on propane or natural gas. These units are more economical to operate in comparison to both standard heat pumps and traditional combustion furnaces.
For more information on heat pump features that can save energy and increase comfort in your Pasadena, League City or Deer Park home, contact us today at Valderrama A/C & Refrigeration.
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