What is cool during the summer, warm throughout the winter, and environmentally friendly throughout the year? A heat pump!
Heating pumps (also known as ductless or cold-climate heat pumps, or mini-splits) can be an energy-efficient home heating alternative, based upon the layout and building envelope of your home and the heating systems you already have in place. Plus they double as an air conditioner in the summertime. What can be better than that?
What Is It?
A heat pump is a heating and cooling unit that uses electricity very effectively to extract heat from the indoor or outdoor environment using a compressor. As its other name (mini-split) suggests, the machine is “split” into two parts–the compressor, which is set up outside; and a register, also called a ‘head,’ which is mounted on an inner wall.
The mini-split extracts heat from the outside to warm your house and, when it’s hot outdoors, can be used to remove heat from your home. Think of how a fridge works, pulling a warm atmosphere from indoors to outside using a compressor. The same idea with a heat pump, in reverse, extracting warmth from the outside air to be moved indoors.
Extracting warm air from the outside in winter may sound strange, but that’s precisely what the compressor does. It’s able to extract heat from the air, even at freezing temperatures (though they become less effective on sub-zero days).
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A Few Irresistible Benefits
Because they move air, instead of generating it, mini-splits use comparatively little electricity to cool or heat your home. Hence, they’re a more environmentally friendly alternative than fuel-based heating systems, particularly if you opt to incorporate solar PV into your home and utilize the power of the sun to create the electricity that your mini-splits use. And the fact that they rely on electricity, rather than oil or gas, means that you don’t have to be concerned about carbon monoxide, organizing for gas deliveries, or running out of fuel.
These compact heaters are more efficient than central air units because, unlike many heating methods, they maintain a steady temperature with time. Most heating systems await the space temperature to reach a predetermined low before turning on and running full blast to reach the desired temperature. Mini-splits create heat consistently and efficiently, so your space keeps a comfortable temperature.
Plus, maintenance and operation are easy. Most installers agree it is best to set up your thermostat for the season, and only ‘set it and forget it’ so the unit is the most effective. There are air filters that are simple to wash and the exterior compressor just needs an inspection and a light brushing to remove any leaves or other debris.
And finally, these aren’t just heaters. They also cool your home in the summer. In an environment where winters are freezing and summers can be hot and humid, these dual benefits can be compelling. You can also get these benefits at a lower price by getting a heat pump on rental from a reputed and trusted company.
Is This the Heating Option for You?
As noted in the first paragraph, heat pumps can be ideal for heating your home, but how perfect they are for you depends on a few matters. Before you buy, consider the following:
- These units may be inexpensive to run, so you should think about if the long-term benefits outweigh the upfront installation cost. Equipment costs are determined by the system size and type, but just one head, installed, can cost between $2,000 and $6,000.
- This is not typically a DYI project, as the unit contains refrigerant and has to be charged and pressurized before usage, and there’s some electrical work that ought to be done by a professional. But, price points vary, and rebates and low-interest financing may make them an affordable option.
- The most significant consideration regarding this option is a suitable application. They are not regarded as a primary heating system, so if you’ve got a smaller, open concept, weatherized home, they work as a miracle; if you have a house that’s divided into many tiny rooms, or is leaky because it has not been weatherized, this heating solution might not be ideal.
- If you are considering heat pumps for your home, you may choose to start with an energy efficiency specialist who can perform an energy audit, discuss your goals, and evaluate if they are a fantastic option for your circumstances.
Before you purchase
If you are considering investing in a heat pump, take a fantastic look at the layout and efficiency of your house and the current heating systems you have in place to be certain it’s a fantastic fit. Preferred Climate Solutions can be a great no-cost resource for assisting you to decide whether it will allow you to achieve your energy efficiency and home heating goals–they can put you in contact with a certified heating pump contractor from their Efficiency Excellence Network for a free evaluation.
Preferred Climate Solutions is owned and operated by HVAC veterans. We have over 17 years experience with portable heating and cooling systems, plus a lifetime of experience with Texas’ challenging climate. We provide an array of portable cooling and heating rental solutions 24/7. We have locations in Houston, Dallas/Ft Worth & Austin Texas.