Save money effortlessly and increase your indoor comfort level too. Invest in a heat pump / air conditioner / de-humidifier. You’ll get heating and cooling in one compact unit, and your home will be comfortable year-round. Here are four great reasons why a heat pump installation gives you a great return on investment.
- Heat and Cool With One Compact Unit
Heat pumps cool your home in summer just like air conditioners. However, unlike air conditioners, they also heat your home in winter. The systems accomplish this via a reversing valve. A reversing valve is a switch that changes the direction of the flow of refrigerant. In addition to removing heat from your home in summer and transferring it outside, heat pumps extract heat from the air outside and move it indoors in winter. These units are ideal for homes with limited space. Additionally, you only have to maintain one unit. And as if you needed another reason, these units also dehumidify your house to get you through those hot humid days.
- Save on Heating Costs
Heating and cooling make up about 50 percent of your total monthly energy bill. A heat pump can reduce heating costs by up to 50 percent. The savings on heating costs boils down to between one-half and one-third of what you’d pay to heat your home with a furnace. Industry studies show that a heat pump can save up to 30 percent on energy costs for a family of four during just one heating season.
- Save on Cooling Costs
The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the heat pump’s total output during the cooling season divided by the amount of electricity it consumes. The higher the SEER, the more energy-efficient the unit. Heat pumps have HSPFs from 8 to 13. SEER numbers go from 13 to 27.5. With humid climate, you’ll use the air conditioner more than the heater. Therefore, be sure to pay particular attention to the SEER. You can make energy efficiency easy no matter the season.
- Manage Humidity
The ideal relative indoor humidity falls anywhere from 30 to 50 percent. Heat pumps are better than traditional central HVAC systems for managing indoor humidity levels. Preventing high humidity in summer and dry indoor air in winter will promote HVAC efficiency and increase indoor comfort. However, managing indoor humidity goes beyond comfort. Low or high humidity can lead to health problems, and persons with respiratory conditions are particularly susceptible. For example, cold air will irritate the nasal passages, and high humidity can trigger asthma problems.