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Five Factors to Consider When Buying a Heat Pump

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You’re looking to invest in a heat pump. You’re not alone––many Americans are making the switch. Heat pumps are generally more efficient than a traditional heating and cooling system, reducing your environmental footprint. At Arise, we help our customers make decisions that allow them to best meet their family’s needs and financial goals. Why? Because we want you to be satisfied with your heat pump for years to come.

To assist you in your search, here are five questions to ask yourself when picking out a new heat pump:

1. How much do I want to spend up front?
Heat pumps offer you more heating efficiency. Generally, a good rule of thumb is the more you invest up front, the less you’ll pay in the long run. Although the more efficient products typically have a higher up-front cost than a less efficient air conditioner and furnace, you will save energy costs over the long term. Also, higher-end systems can last longer, too, which significantly increases your return on investment. We can help you evaluate your up-front investment verses anticipated cost savings over time.

2. What type of heat pump do I want?
Air-source ducted or ductless mini splits are a few types of heat pumps. Air-source pumps transfer heat from the outdoor air to warm your home in the winter and expel heat from your home during the summer. Mini splits work similarly but without ducts and are typically the most efficient systems on the market today. Each type has advantages and disadvantages, which we can help you sort out to find the best fit for your needs.

3. Will I need a dual-fuel system?
Heat pumps are most efficient in temperatures above freezing and most carry electric heat strips to supplement heat in below freezing temperatures. If you live in an area with high electric costs, you should consider a dual-fuel system. A dual-fuel system is a heat pump supplemented with a natural gas or propane furnace (instead of electric heat strips). When temperatures are too low for your heat pump to operate efficiently, your furnace will automatically kick on. With a dual-fuel, or hybrid system, you are getting the greatest efficiency for temperatures above and below freezing.

4. What type of thermostat should I buy?
In addition to your heat pump, your technician can install new controls for heating and cooling your home. Based on your home needs, you can choose between a standard, programmable, or WiFi thermostat. Standard thermostats have a simple, familiar design. They provide you with a Heat or Cool option, an On or Auto fan control, and an Emergency or Auxillary heat setting. Programmable thermostats can be set to automatically adjust your home temperature during certain hours of the day to conserve energy costs. WiFi thermostats can be used like a standard or programmable control with the added advantage of off-site control via a smart phone or computer. Depending on the model, your WiFi thermostat may even offer energy-usage analytics and other valuable reports so you can easily monitor your consumption.

Call us at 512-267-5000 today if you have any more questions about buying a heat pump or to learn more about what we have to offer.

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