Things to Consider when Buying a Heat Pump

Are you considering purchasing a heat pump for your home? Heat pumps can be an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. There are several types of heat pumps available, including ductless, air-source, absorption, geothermal and mini-split systems.

The best time to invest in a new heat pump system for your home is now. There are several different brands and models out on the market, spanning a wide range of prices and features. How will you know which one is the best one for your home? What features should you look for when buying a heat pump?

  1. Efficiency is important. Look for one that is very energy efficient. Having a nice warm, comfortable home is little consolation when your heating bills and costs are through the roof. While efficiency is important, at the same token, don’t buy on the basis of efficiency alone.
  2. SEER and HSPF Ratings are measurements of the efficiency of air conditioners and heating systems. The higher the SEER or HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump is. Although high-efficiency units cost more, the payback period may be shorter than you may think. A heat pump with a high rating can also add value to your home.
  3. Look for the units with grille designs that minimize air restriction to allow the fan on the outdoor unit to operate more quietly. In addition, look for a model with the fan mounted on the underside of the grille. You’ll find that not only will this protect it from the weather, but it will also direct the airflow upward, away from plants.
  4. There are several features that are important when considering which heat pump system to purchase. You’ll want to look for a unit with a galvanized steel cabinet to protect the condensing unit from outdoor hazards and weather. Also, look for one that has a cabinet that is powder-painted with a high-quality enamel for improved durability. It also looks quite nice, too!

If you’re interested in purchasing a heat pump system but aren’t sure what type or model to buy, contact your professionals at Magnolia for help. We’re the experts on matching our customers with the ideal heat pump system that keep their homes comfortable all year long while saving money on energy bills. Contact us today!


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