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Air-Source Heat Pump Buying Guide

Without some foreknowledge, buying an air-source heat pump can be a bit confusing. Operating similarly to a refrigerator, an air-source heat pump is designed to move heat from one place to another. A heat pump of this type will provide a comfortable climate for your home all year long with reversible climate control. This system keeps your home cool when it’s hot, as it is most of the year in southwest Arizona, and warm when the weather gets chilly.

Selecting An Air-Source Heat Pump: Key factors such as design, efficiency, size, and warranty must be considered before you purchase an air-source heat pump. While these are key issues, it’s also vitally important to choose a model that’s been certified by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute, also known as ARI. All small commercial and residential heat pumps are rated by this non-profit organization. Finally, make sure your heat pump has an EnergyGuide Label, which shows the heat pump’s heating and cooling efficiency performance rating, comparing it to other common makes and models.

Efficiency: Look for an air-source heat pump that will provide long term efficiency and comfort for your family. A heat pump’s efficiency is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER rates the cooling, while heating is rated by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). Air-source heat pumps with high SEER and HSPF ratings are the most efficient.

Sizing: For an air-source heat pump to operate properly, it must be the right size for your home. A pump that is too large for your needs will be a waste of energy, and one that’s too small will have to work too hard to provide proper cooling and heating. Speak with a licensed contractor to help you choose the most efficient type of cooling and heating system for your home.

No matter what size your home is, you can find an air-source heat pump to suit your needs. Contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration & Electric today to obtain professional advice regarding heat pumps, installation, and maintenance. We have been proudly serving the Yuma area since 1952.

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