Top Pros And Cons Of Greenville Heat Pumps

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Greenville Heat PumpsA Greenville Heat Pump is essentially the same as an air conditioner, but with one extra feature added. On cold days, a heat pump reverses its operations and heats the house instead of cooling it.

Heat Pumps

What makes heat pumps stand out among other heaters is their heat gain. Today’s heat pumps at 0 Degrees Celsius outside return 3kw of heat for every 1 kw of electricity fed into them. It sounds too good to be true and immediately begs the question: Why don’t we use heat pumps?

Low efficiency used to be the main reason. Up to 2006, most heat pumps were based on low-efficiency 10 SEER air conditioners, and they could not run at low outdoor temperature. In 2006 manufacturing of new units with less than 13 SEER efficiency was outlawed. Virtually overnight, new heat pumps’ efficiency increased by almost 30% and kept rising.

Heat Pump Pro’s

1. Heat pumps can be used almost year-round. Air conditioners are only used for a few short weeks of summer.

2. The price difference between heat pumps and air conditioners is becoming smaller and smaller. Ductless units lead the way. Today ductless heat pumps cost only $200 more than their equivalent air conditioners. At this small premium, ductless heat pumps are already a no-brain winner against ductless air conditioners.

3. Central air heat pumps may still cost $1000 more that equivalent central air conditioner, but even at this premium a heat pump is an easy choice instead of an air conditioner if you use electricity, propane, or oil for heating.

4. Heat pumps take advantage of global warming. As winters get milder, heat pumps are becoming more profitable.

5. No reason to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning or fuel (gas, propane, oil) escape inside of the house.

Heat Pump Con’s

Heat pumps need supplemental heat. This can come from either a fuel-based furnace or an electric heater. There are two main reasons for this.

1. Because the same system is used for both heating and cooling, the heat pump is limited by the smaller of the two needs – the cooling one. On the coldest days of winter, the heating capacity of the heat pump may not be sufficient.

2. Cold outdoor temperature can also lower the heating capacity of the Greenville heat pump to the point where it has to be turned off and backup heat needs to be brought in.

Supplemental heat is not as a big a deal as it sounds. A couple of electric strips can be easily accommodated by the ductwork at a cost of a few hundred dollars. On the other hand, it may spare you buying a new furnace at $3,000.

And last, but not least – you can finally get rid of fuel heat inside of your house. People and fuels don’t really mix well in the same space.

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