How to Pick Out a Heat Pump: A Short Guide

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Winter means the arrival of cool temperatures and the start of heating season in the Kingman, Arizona, area. Whether you’re buying a heat pump for the first time or preparing to upgrade your existing unit, look for the following four characteristics to find the ideal heat pump.

Choose the Right-Sized Unit

Like any HVAC component, choosing the right-sized heat pump is critical. If your heat pump is too small, it will struggle to heat your home adequately. If it is too large, it might not be able to achieve optimal efficiency. Calculating your house’s heating load is no task for the average homeowner. Call an experienced HVAC technician to do the calculation for you. Based on these calculations, the tech will advise you about the best units for your heating needs and space requirements.

Understand Heat Pump Efficiency

Since heat pumps perform heating during the winter months and cooling during the summer months, each function has a different energy efficiency rating. A higher Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating indicates greater heating efficiency, while a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) reflects superior cooling efficiency. An efficient heat pump should have a SEER over 14 and an HSPF rating over eight.

Find the Best Looking Model

Looks don’t always matter for most HVAC components, but a well-designed exterior can take a heat pump to the next level. A galvanized steel cabinet, for instance, can protect the exterior unit from damage, weather, and other outdoor hazards. A powder coat and enamel paint also contribute to the heat pump’s durability.

Know Your Heating System Brand

Not all units are created equal, but Lennox heat pumps are consistently some of the best units on the market. The basic XP25 heat pump relies on Precise Comfort technology to keep both temperatures and humidity levels comfortable. The Lennox XP13 is a smart choice for staying warm or cool on a budget despite extreme weather conditions.

Don’t wait until the last minute to upgrade your heating system. Call the heat pump experts at Ambient Edge today at 928-377-4631.

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