When you’re getting a new heat pump, readying your home beforehand will increase your satisfaction. Making your home as energy efficient as possible will increase your comfort and keep your energy bills low. Ensuring that the system is properly sized and installed also contributes to its efficiency, your comfort and its longevity.
Making your home as energy efficient as possible could decrease the size of heat pump you need. The Department of Energy suggests that homes in our region have 16 inches or more of insulation in the attic, for an R-value of 49. The r- stands for resistance and each number indicates how long the material can resist thermal change. Insulation is an inexpensive way to cut conditioning bills and it lasts for many years.
Sealing the air leaks throughout your home will also lower the conditioning load. A professional energy audit will show you where they are, or you can find them through a close visual inspection indoors and out.
HVAC professionals use software tools called Manuals J and D to accurately size the new heat pump, along with the ducts. Manual J takes into account the energy efficiency and conditioning load of your home. Neglecting this analysis could result in a system that’s improperly sized, directly impacting your budget and comfort.
Systems that are too large run in brief cycles, leaving behind humidity in the summer and increasing energy consumption year-round. A system that’s too small won’t be able to handle our weather extremes.
Ideally, the outdoor condenser should be placed in as shady a place as possible to improve cooling efficiency and away from vegetation that creates a lot of debris. The contractor needs to inspect the ductwork, verify that it’s the right size and seal any leaks with mastic or metal tape. Each room in your home should have a return register and airflow needs to be carefully checked.
If you’d like more advice about a new heat pump, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve provided HVAC services for Grand Traverse and the surrounding counties for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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