In the average home, more than 51% of energy consumed is for heating and cooling, so upgrading to a high-efficiency heat pump has many benefits.1 Most homes have an air conditioner and furnace or other heater. A heat pump combines heating and cooling in one system; it’s one of the most efficient home climate solutions available. If it’s time to replace your HVAC unit, here are reasons to consider high-efficiency heat pump installation in Mount Airy, NC.
Heat Pumps Move Heat Instead of Create It
Generating heat requires much more energy than transferring it from one place to another, like a heat pump. This makes it much more energy efficient. The average Coefficient of Performance (COP) is often above four, meaning a heat pump uses less than one kilowatt of electricity to achieve four kilowatts of heating or cooling power. By comparison, the typical gas or electric boiler has a COP of less than one.
One Piece of Equipment Will Heat or Cool Your Home
A high-efficiency heat pump has a reversing valve. In one mode, it can extract heat energy from outside and use it to warm up your home. However, a reverse cycle enables it to do the opposite, which is to extract heat from within your home and move it outside. The process is the same as how a refrigerator works.
Heat Pumps Cost Less to Install and Run
A heat pump saves money because you need only one piece of equipment. The average cost of a heat pump (in 2023 dollars) is $5,500 and installation generally runs between $2,500 and $10,000.2 A furnace and AC split system averages $9,600; however, installing a new HVAC system can cost as much as $34,000.3
That doesn’t mean a heat pump installation can’t be costly. If you need new ductwork or choose to install a geothermal or solar-powered heat pump, the cost of equipment and materials and the complexity of the project will make it more expensive. Nonetheless, you can save with the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit, which lasts through 2032, and a home rebate program through your state for Energy Star-rated heat pumps.
Heat Pumps Lower Your Utility Bill
Lower utility bills over the long term are one of the greatest benefits of upgrading to a high-efficiency heat pump. While switching from a natural gas furnace to a heat pump can save you a few dollars per year, switching from an electric furnace can save you $815 on average, and switching from baseboard heating results in an average annual savings of $1,287. Meanwhile, switching from fuel oil saves about $950 and switching from propane saves about $855 per year.4 However, the amount of savings you see depends on many factors, from heat pump usage to climate to the size of your home.
Heat Pumps Are Better for the Environment
A furnace provides a source of heat energy via combustion. However, a heat pump does not require fossil fuels. It uses electricity to run the compressor, but this doesn’t contribute to carbon emissions the way a traditional heating and cooling system does. Most heat pumps also use the newer R-410A refrigerant that won’t damage the ozone layer if released into the environment.
Heat Pumps Are Easy To Install
A high-efficiency air-source heat pump has two main components—an outdoor compressor unit and an indoor air handler. Many units are mounted on walls, reducing the amount of space required. Ductless systems are also available; these mini-split heat pumps are highly efficient both in their installation process (requires drilling just a small hole in an outside wall for the conduit) and the fact that air leaks from ductwork are eliminated.
Improved Safety and Indoor Air Quality
A heat pump can be installed high up on the wall or in a ceiling, out of reach of children and pets. There’s no risk of a gas leak. The system also won’t add fumes or ashes to the air and is highly effective at filtering dust, smoke, mold spores, and other pollutants. In addition, it dehumidifies the air in summer and prevents condensation on windows and other surfaces in winter.
Heat Pumps Also Work in Cold Weather
During the winter months in Mount Airy, nighttime temperatures often drop below 30℉. That’s not cold enough for a modern heat pump to stop working. Some cold climate high-efficiency heat pumps can continue running even if the temperature drops below -10℉. However, if a home is poorly insulated and is in a location where extremely low temperatures are common, a dual-fuel system will provide a helpful backup.
Jay’s Can Help You Realize the Benefits of Upgrading to a High-Efficiency Heat Pump
Our team of HVAC professionals has years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining high-efficiency heat pumps in and around Mount Airy. It includes skilled service technicians, installers, warehouse associates, home solutions advisors, managers, and customer service representatives. We work together to ensure you benefit when upgrading to a high-efficiency heat pump. Continue browsing to learn more about our team.
Do you feel you’re getting enough value from your HVAC system? Or is it time for an upgrade? Jay’s Heating, Air & Plumbing can help make your Mount Airy home more comfortable and energy efficient with a heat pump. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call (336) 962-5491.