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At Gold Medal Service, we know that every home is unique, which is why we highly recommend that you seek our East Brunswick heating technicians to help you choose the right heat pump replacement. We can send a comfort specialist your way to ask you about your specific comfort needs and assess your space thoroughly.
Below are some factors we take into consideration when recommending a new heat pump:
- Efficiency rating
- Number of occupants in the house
- Your budget
- Other specific comfort needs
We also offer a next-day installation as soon as you have chosen a heat pump that best fits your lifestyle. In case you are not completely satisfied with the unit that we recommended within the first year of your purchase, we would happily remove the heat pump from your home and replace it or return 100% of your investment.
What Is a Heat Pump & How Does It Work?
Generally, here’s how a heat pump operates: In the winter, a heat pump will pull heat energy from outside into your home to heat it. In the summer, a heat pump will pull heat from inside your home and pump it outside. Heat pumps will either collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside, then concentrate it for use inside your home. It essentially transfers heat energy in order to either heat or cool a space. Think of a heat pump as an air conditioner that can also work in reverse to provide heating as well.
How a Heat Pump Can Keep Your Home Warm in the Winter
In the winter, a heat pump works like a reverse air conditioner. An air conditioner extracts heat from the space. The heat is then absorbed into the indoor unit’s refrigerant. The refrigerant then transfers the heat to the outdoor AC unit where it is finally pushed outside. A heat pump uses a similar process, just in reverse, pulling from out to in, rather than in to out.
When it comes to a heat pump, believe it or not, heat can be extracted even during freezing temperatures. In the winter, a heat pump takes heat from the outdoor air and brings it in to heat your home. Heat pumps also use refrigerant to absorb and release heat energy, pressurizing the gas to heat it up and depressurizing the gas to cool it down.
There are several different types of heat pumps:
- Air-source heat pumps
- Ductless mini-split heat pumps
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Absorption heat pumps
A huge benefit of heat pumps is that they are highly efficient. And when a major appliance is efficient, your bills are going to be lower. This is good to know, especially in the summer when energy bills tend to be higher than anticipated.
Tips for Maintaining the Efficiency of Your Heat Pump:
- Heat pump filters should be replaced every 30-60 days
- Bi-annual maintenance will ensure top performance and safety
- Keep the area around your heat pump clean to avoid blockage
- Shade with trees and trellises can improve efficiency
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.
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