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Mixed heat pump system

Half-ducted house? Lousy airflow? Consider a mixed heat pump

Air source heat pumps come in two main types: if your house has ductwork, you’ll usually install a ducted heat pump. No ducts? Then it’ll be a ductless heat pump, also known as a mini-split system. They’re essentially the same highly efficient, environmentally friendly, cost-competitive technology for heating and cooling your home. All that’s different is the way that they move air.

But what if only some parts of your home are ducted? Or the ducts don’t heat or cool certain rooms very well? A system that combines both ducted and ductless heat pumps might be the best way to keep your whole home comfortable.

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heat pumps vs. furnace

Comparing heat pumps vs. furnaces

Your heating system is a central part of your home’s safety and security, so it’s important to invest in a quality system you’re confident in. Heat pumps continue to rise in popularity due to their efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable heating and cooling solutions. But, how do heat pumps compare to furnaces? Can they really keep a home warm during the coldest months? In this article, we compare the upfront costs, efficiency, maintenance requirements, and lifetimes of heat pumps and furnaces to help you better understand your options when browsing for your next heating system (that you’ll likely spend a couple of decades with!). 

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heat pump lifetime

How long do heat pumps last?

Home heating and cooling systems are expensive, so it’s understandable for homeowners to expect this investment to last them through the years. A heat pump offers an efficient, complete heating and cooling solution in one system, whereas conventional HVAC technology requires the purchase of two separate systems, like a furnace and an air conditioner. But, is the lifetime of a heat pump compromised by its dual functionality? How long do heat pumps last? In this article, we help you understand the lifetime of a heat pump and offer tips on how to extend it. 

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how do air source heat pumps work

How do heat pumps work?

Heat pumps work by distributing heat from one space to another, serving as energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, heat pumps can transfer heat both ways – from outside to inside to heat, and from inside to outside to cool. Diverse and advanced heat pump technology creates solutions to fit any home’s needs and budget, and in this article, we explain how heat pumps work in all seasons and the advantages they offer.

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air source heat pumps in cold climates

Do heat pumps work in cold climates?

High performance heat pumps can operate in temperatures well below zero, so why do they have a reputation for being impractical in extreme cold? 

Today, heat pumps serve as efficient, cost-effective heating systems everywhere from Maine to Alaska, but that wasn’t always the case. Before the technological advances that we see implemented in current cold climate heat pumps, heat pumps simply weren’t able to pull enough heat from outside when temperatures dropped to efficiently and effectively warm a home. But, gone are the days of heat pumps being limited to mild and warm climates. In this article, we explain how heat pumps work in extreme cold, when you should consider other technology, and where to find cold climate heat pumps. 

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heat pump devices

Devices in your house that function like heat pumps

Heat pumps are an efficient way to both heat and cool your living space – simply put, they use electricity to move heat from one area to another to moderate the air temperature. Overall, heat pumps are able to provide 1.5 to 3 times the amount of electrical energy they consume in the form of heat energy for your home! Many different devices throughout your home use a similar closed loop mechanism that mirrors the functionality of heat pumps. In this article, we’ll explain what these devices are and how they work.

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HSPF

What is HSPF and why does it matter with heat pumps?

Upgrading your home with energy-efficient systems like heat pumps saves you money on electricity bills while minimizing carbon emissions. And, incentive and rebate programs like those included in the Inflation Reduction Act make the decision to tap into the financial and environmental benefits of heat pumps even simpler. But between the different makes and models, various features, and technical energy efficiency ratings, it’s easy to feel lost when researching and comparing heat pump systems

Specifically, the various energy efficiency ratings can cause confusion. Although a heat pump is capable of both heating and cooling, the different functions require different amounts of energy and therefore use separate efficiency calculations: SEER and HSPF. In this article, we explain what HSPF means, how heating systems are rated for energy efficiency during the colder months, and when investing in a highly efficient heat pump is actually worth it. 

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SEER

What is SEER and why does it matter with heat pumps?

Upgrading your home with energy-efficient systems like heat pumps saves you money on electricity bills while minimizing carbon emissions. And, incentive and rebate programs like those included in the Inflation Reduction Act make the decision to tap into the financial and environmental benefits of heat pumps even simpler. But between the different makes and models, various features, and technical energy efficiency ratings, it’s easy to feel lost when researching and comparing heat pump systems

Specifically, the various energy efficiency ratings can cause confusion. Although a heat pump is capable of both heating and cooling, the different functions require different amounts of energy and therefore use separate efficiency calculations: SEER and HSPF. In this article, we’ll explain what SEER means, how cooling systems are rated for energy efficiency during the warmer months, and when investing in a highly efficient heat pump is actually worth it. 

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