Are heat pumps really a cost effective investment in the home? Do heat pumps really double as air conditioning units? Among residential homeowners, an assortment of fallacies surrounds the heat pump. An understanding the benefits and functions of the heat pump enables the savvy consumer to make an informed decision. A premier St. Louis HVAC company debunks myths behind the heat pump.
MYTH: Heat pumps emit hot air, only.
Heat pumps work like heating and cooling system. During warmer temperatures, the heat pump emits hot air outside, reversing the transfer of cold air outdoors in the winter. Heat pumps do not work for temperatures below 35 degrees Fahrenheit. However, these heating and cooling systems conserve energy as the heat pump generates up to three times more heat than the energy it actually consumes.
MYTH: Switching over to a heat pump guarantees a definite energy savings.
Upgrading an HVAC system to a heat pump does not guarantee an automatic savings. Hoffmann Brothers asserts that four factors are attributable to a heat pump’s efficiency: Climate combined with the electricity rate, fuel efficiency of both the heat pump and HVAC system – all influence overall energy savings.
MYTH: New heat pumps and air conditioners are not any more energy efficient than older models.
On the contrary, newer heat pumps and air conditioners offer substantial efficiency to outmoded models. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures the cooling efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. A higher SEER rating affords better efficiency. Units more than 8 years old generally have a SEER rating of 7.0 or less. Meanwhile, a 12.0 SEER is a common feature among high efficiency models.
MYTH: All St. Louis HVAC contractors provide the same caliber of heat pump installation and maintenance service.
Spanning more than four decades, Hoffmann Brothers has been providing a full menu of heating and cooling services in the Greater St. Louis metro area. From designing to maintaining heat pumps, furnaces, condensers, air conditioners and other Heating and cooling components, Hoffmann Brothers is synonymous with the best St. Louis HVAC company, serving: St. Louis County, St Charles County and Jefferson County.
Please contact us if you are interested in a heat pump for your home or business today.