Heat pump installation may not be as simple as a few simple steps, but it does involve a number of important decisions that must be made prior to installation. A heat pump works like a typical air conditioner in that it uses a cooling process, much like a central air conditioning unit, to offer both heating and cooling. In the summer, the unit utilizes a cooled refrigerant in the evaporator to absorb heat coming from the home, which is sent out into the condenser. In the winter, the system uses a warm, dense, and viscous fluid to transfer heat from the home to the compressor, where it is distributed to various outlets throughout the home. The system may be operated with or without a compressor, but generally a compressor is required to start and maintain a heating or cooling system.
When considering heat pump installation?
Many homeowners are surprised to find that the initial cost is far lower than what they initially estimated. Heat pump prices vary significantly based on quality and size, so it’s important to understand what types of climates are available where you live, as well as what type of climate will be most appropriate for your unit. For example, a unit designed for climates that experience relatively little variation in temperature during the year, such as mild winters, is likely to require less maintenance than one designed for climates that experience much seasonal change, such as extremely cold winters and hot summers. Once you have decided the type and size of system best suited to your climate, you can easily reduce the amount of money it will cost to operate the system by considering some of the other factors involved in determining heat pump prices.
When considering heat pump installation, many homeowners underestimate one critical factor – ductwork. While it is true that ducts play an important role in transferring heat from the source, such as a furnace, to the indoor unit, the unit itself will also need to be ventilated in order to meet its intended purpose. Improperly vented units can quickly reach temperatures in excess of 500 degrees, even when the homeowner does not use the system. If the unit is not properly vented, the homeowner may find that he or she pays not only for the high cost of heating and cooling, but also for possible damage to appliances and interior wood or carpeting.