For those in the extreme northern part of the United States a heat pump is a foreign thing to nearly everyone. However, the vast majority of the country uses these HVAC devices almost exclusively and for good reason – they work great and save money on utilities! While they are not designed to work effectively in climates that get very cold (0 – 30 degree Fahrenheit), they are adept at both heating a home in the winter and cooling a home in the summer if the temperature doesn't fall below that threshold. For this reason the amount of heat pumps sold is quite impressive. Here at webhvac.com we take our HVAC reviews seriously, and for this reason we have made a point to cover many of the top models of heat pumps from all the major brands. Here is a list of our latest heat pump reviews:
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For those that want a detailed analysis on how a heat pump works I urge you to check out wikipedia which does a great job explaining exactly how a heat pump can both heat and cool your home. Suffice it to say that a heat pump can basically be used one of two ways: first to extract heat from the outdoor air and place it back into your home or second to remove heat from the inside of your home and extricate it outside. This ability makes it very versatile and a popular HVAC choice amongst the lion's share of the US population.
When it comes time to sort through a bunch of heat pump reviews it is important to know the key things that drive the price of the units as well as the price of the utilities consumed to run it. As for the initial price a few things drive the exact final heat pump price. They are:
1. Brand – which name is on the unit has a large impact on what it costs. The simple fact is that like most things these days, relatively few plants manufacture HVAC equipment, and heat pumps are no different. That said, a brand name will elicit a better feeling to consumers and therefore draw a higher price. Translation: you are going to pay more for a Carrier or Trane heat pump than you will for a Payne heat pump.
2. Materials – quality of materials as well as what these are made from originally drive a key point in how much a heat pump costs. Simply put better materials equals higher price.
3. Heat Pump Size – it doesn't take a math genius to figure this one out – the larger the size of the heat pump, the more it will cost. More materials equals more cost in the unit which gets passed onto the end consumer. Homeowners would be well served to ensure they have the right sized heat pump for their home before agreeing to a price and installation date!
When it comes to how much energy a heat pump consumes, thankfully there is a federal standard that we all can fall back on. It is called SEER rating and is placed on every heat pump manufactured today. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient it will be, and therefore the less amount of energy it will consume. Depending on your heating and cooling needs based on your latitude this can amount to just a little difference or quite a substantial difference.
We hope that our heat pump reviews we have included on the site meet your expectations to what you can find out in the market and how to measure it versus its competitor units. If there is a model you would like us to review please don't hesitate to contact us!