Although it can get cold in Asheville and the surrounding area, air-source heat pumps allow for enough warmth for a homeowner’s needs. In the summer, when the temperatures go up, the heat pump will supply more than enough cool air to satisfy your comfort level. These year-round benefits make air-source heat pumps the perfect choice for your home.
More advanced technology
In recent years, technology has advanced in the design of heat pumps, making them not only more reliable, but more energy efficient as well. In addition to overall better performance, these advances in technology have increased their SEER, or seasonal energy efficiency ratio.
When you’re in the market for a heat pump, here are a few features to keep in mind:
- More powerful motors
- Advanced coil design
- Highly efficient variable-speed blowers
- Better control over the movement of a unit’s refrigerant thanks to new thermostatic expansion valves
- Expanded surface area for the transmission of heat and cold thanks to grooved tubing within the unit
Save energy and money
The beauty of an air-source heat pump is that it doesn’t generate warm or cool air. Instead, this type of heat pump moves heat from one place to another. This technique is more efficient and will save you both energy and money. On average, you’re looking at an energy savings between 30 and 40 percent compared to conventional methods of heating and cooling. As a bonus, these heat pumps are also more efficient at removing humidity during the summer than conventional techniques.
Want to find out which air-source heat pumps are top of the line in terms of energy efficiency? Energy Star makes it easy for you. Simply visit their website and you will find a list of the Most Efficient air-source heat pumps for 2013. For each item on the list, you can find out its annual energy use, estimated annual cost of operation and estimated lifetime cost of operation.
For more expert advice about air-source heat pumps or for questions relating to home comfort, please contact the friendly professionals at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air. We serve the HVAC needs of Asheville and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Asheville, North Carolina and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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