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For most of the year in the greater Phoenix area, the need for your home heating system is nothing more than a glimmer on the horizon—well into the average fall months, homeowners in Chandler, Scottsdale, and Tempe are still battling with 100 degree days, and many people don’t even start thinking about turning on their heat until early winter.
But when you do finally transition from AC to heat, you want reliable and energy efficient performance. With ducted heat pump installation for your Phoenix area home from Ideal Energy, we can help you save money while heating your home.
Heat Pumps vs. Furnaces—How Do These Heating Systems Compare?
If you’re used to relying on gas furnaces for warmth during cooler winter nights in Maricopa County, air source heat pumps offer many of the same benefits, but they operate quite differently. While gas furnaces create heat by burning gas, electric heat pumps don’t actually create heat—they just move it from one location to another via a refrigerant line. But don’t confuse an electric heat pump with a system that uses electric heat strips, electric heat strips are very inefficient and not a good option for our Phoenix mild winters.
Similar to other kinds of air source heat pumps (such as ductless and ducted mini-splits, which have their own benefits), ducted heat pumps work by extracting heat from outdoor air (even cooler air contains some heat), and bringing it inside to warm the air in your house. They are all electric, meaning there’s no risk of carbon monoxide leaks, they’re better for the environment, and they’re highly energy efficient. One thing to note that makes a heat pump different from your furnace is that when a heat pump is in heating mode, cold air can blow out of the vents while it goes through a defrost cycle. Don’t be alarmed, this is normal and only goes on for a few minutes before you’ll start to feel warm air.
Finally, one of the biggest advantages of heat pumps is that many models have both heating and cooling settings, meaning you’ll be able to use your heat pumps all year-round to keep your home comfortable.
Signs You Could Benefit from Heat Pump Installation
1. You need to replace your air conditioner or furnace
As long as one of your heating and cooling systems needs to be replaced, it’s worth the extra money to upgrade to a heat pump for your Scottsdale or Mesa home. Not only will your HVAC system be more efficient, but you’ll have a year-round solution for home comfort.
2. Your heating bills are on the rise
If your electric or gas furnace is creating higher and higher heating bills, heat pumps will save you money, as they operate much more efficiently than gas furnaces or electric furnaces that have heat strips in them.
3. You live in a climate with mild winters
Heat pumps can struggle to keep your home warm in very cold northern climates, but they’re perfect in Arizona and the Phoenix metro area, where the overnight lows rarely dip below 40°F in the winter.
4. You’re worried about carbon monoxide leaks
Gas furnaces produce carbon monoxide, which can be dangerous and even deadly if it gets into the air you breathe. Properly installed gas furnaces will safely vent CO out of your home, but you’ll always need to monitor your system to ensure a leak hasn’t developed. Electric heat pumps, on the other hand, produce no carbon monoxide and pose no CO risk to yourself or your family.
5. You’re spending your winter with dry itchy skin
Gas furnaces tend to blow hotter air throughout your home compared to heat pumps, and if you’ve ever spent a winter dealing with itchy skin, you know how uncomfortable dry indoor air can be. Heat pumps condition air at a lower (but still warm!) temperature that’s less likely to dry out your skin.
6. You want to maximize your indoor space
If space is a premium in your home and you’re looking for a heating system that will take up less room, the indoor air handler component of a ducted heat pump is generally smaller than most furnaces, and would be a good fit for smaller spaces like closets.
Are Heat Pumps Efficient for Heating?
The more efficient your heating system is, the less money it will cost to run. Furnaces are measured by their Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, but because heat pumps can both cool and heat your home, their efficiency is measured by three different ratings:
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)
EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio)
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor)
SEER determines energy efficiency for a range of outdoor temperatures, so the efficiency is measured at outdoor air temperatures that range from 65 degrees to 104 degrees. EER measures the energy efficiency of a heat pump at a single outdoor temperature: 95 degrees. HSPF measures heating efficiency by comparing the unit’s heat output to the electricity used to run it over the course of the heating season.
The higher the HSPF, EER, or SEER rating, the better, and Trane heat pump systems, installed by the leading heat pump company in Phoenix, Ideal Energy, have HSPF ratings as high as 12!
Take Advantage of Heat Pumps Rebates with Ideal Energy
Heat pumps may be slightly more expensive upfront, but they make up the difference in the long run due to the ongoing energy savings from efficient operation. Plus, many heat pumps qualify for efficiency rebates and incentives—SRP customers can save as much $1,125 on heat pump upgrades, and with financing available through Synchrony Financial and Wells Fargo, upgrading your home with Ideal Energy—the leading heat pump installer near you—has never been easier or more affordable.
Upgrade your home’s heating system with ducted heat pump service and installation from Ideal Energy. Call 480.839.0082 or contact us today to learn more.
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