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How Expert Heat Pump Installation Ensures Peak Performance

Choosing the right heat pump is obviously imperative for peak performance, but the installation is another factor worth considering. After all, you can’t expect the equipment to operate at its top efficiency unless the heat pump installation is handled correctly. Here’s how a job performed by a qualified professional ensures peak performance.

  • Better energy efficiency: In preparation for a heat pump installation, seal up your home by applying caulk and weatherstripping around windows, doors and utility penetrations, adding attic insulation, and replacing old windowsHow Expert Heat Pump Installation Ensures Peak Peformance with energy-efficient ones. These changes set your home up for a smaller heat pump, and lower energy bills in the coming months and years.
  • Accurate load calculation: When an HVAC professional conducts a load calculation, he or she takes various factors into account to size your heat pump correctly. Properly sized equipment performs better than an undersized or oversized heat pump, which each can result in serious efficiency and performance problems.
  • Efficient ductwork: The contractor you work with should ensure efficient ductwork by installing duct runs within your home’s outer envelope; sealing ductwork with duct mastic or metal tape; insulating ductwork to R-8 to prevent heat loss or gain through conduction; and installing a supply and return register in every room. Quality ductwork design and tightly sealed ducts are as important to heat pump performance as the heat pump itself. To ensure proper airflow through the ductwork, have your contractor conduct an air leakage test. The results should ideally show leaks of less than 10 percent.
  • Ideal installation conditions: Inspect the unit location in the yard for the perfect conditions. Make sure any nearby foliage is trimmed back and that all other obstructions are at least 6 feet away from the top and sides of the heat pump.

These benefits from a professional heat pump installation will ensure that you enjoy your equipment to the fullest for years to come. To learn more, please contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Co. We have provided expert HVAC services to the Yuma area since 1952.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Yuma, Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heat pump installation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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