Moving Heat: Boone, NC HVAC Needs Can Be Met By Installing Heat Pumps

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HVAC for Boone, NC homes can run up costly monthly expenses, especially in the North Carolina mountains where you experience high summer temperatures and low winter temps. As it is, 48 percent of the energy expenses of an average American home is focused on heating and cooling. However, there is a way to reduce this amount by using heat pumps. Amber Archangel, in her article for CleanTechnica, points out energy efficiency as one of the benefits of having heat pumps:

In contrast to conventional temperature control, which is achieved by generating heat or cold, these technologies “transfer” heat, which is far more efficient than creating it. In fact, modern heat pumps use about 50% less electricity than a furnace or baseboard heater. In moderate climates, heat pumps can provide up to three times the energy they consume. As a bonus, in warm weather, heat pumps can do double-duty as air conditioners by moving hot air outside instead of in.

The energy benefits of having heat pumps installed are many, and one can always call on expert Boone heating services, such as Mountaineer Heating and Cooling, to have them installed. However, you need to know a few things before making your purchase.

First, you’ll need to decide what type of heat pump to install. Heat pumps work on the basic principle of heat transfer; they move heat from one place to another, resulting in cooling in one area, while another area gets heated. This happens naturally when heat from a high temperature area moves to a low temperature one. Heat pumps can make this happen in reverse to cool a home and also to heat it, if necessary. Most heat pumps are air-sourced, which means they draw or dump the heat from or into the air. The other main type, ground-source heat pumps, are connected to the ground or a large body of water for their heat source.

Second, you’ll need to know how much space your heat pump has to heat or cool. This will determine the size or capacity of heat pump to buy. Larger homes may need larger or multiple heat pumps. Ensure that your HVAC system will be able to handle the energy load you’ll demand from it.

Finally, check on the SEER and HSPF ratings of the pump you’ll buy. Seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) is the ratio of how good a unit can cool your home of a certain size. Aim for units with SEER rating between 14 and 18. The other rating is the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF). It’s similar to SEER but for heating. Look for a heat pump with an HSFP rating between 8 and 10. Call Mountaineer Heating and Cooling at 828.264.6625 for more information about our expert heat pump installation services.

(Source: Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Heat Pumps, CleanTechnica, October 30, 2014)