Advanced Features That Give Heat Pumps Improved Performance

Posted by Scott Mise | 02.10.2015

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CoupleReviewingDocsToday’s technological improvements have wonderfully enhanced the year-round performance of heat pumps. These new particular features may help you get the most comfort, energy savings and versatility out of such an innovative appliance.

Compressor Options

The compressor in your heat pump alters the pressure of the refrigerant, which allows it to carry heat to and from your home. The newer Scroll compressor operates far more efficiently and quietly than piston compressors, and because it has fewer moving parts, it also lasts longer. A dual-speed compressor runs at two different speeds, and so when temperatures are mild throughout the year, it runs on a lower speed most of the time, which lowers energy consumption even more.

Dual-fuel Heat Pumps

Some heat pumps are made to switch from harvesting outdoor air to a compatible combustion furnace equipped with a burner that uses gas or propane. These heat pump features combine the heat pump’s efficiency along with the dependability of heating with fuel.

Indoor Blower Options

A system that features a variable-speed motor in the indoor blower is made to adjust the speed of the fan to meet your home’s air conditioning needs. When it requires just a few degrees of heating or cooling, it runs on a lower speed, which is quieter and circulates the conditioned air more thoroughly. These types of motors can be programmed to run nearly continuously, and because they’re operating at a much lower speed, more air passes through the air filter daily. Indoor air quality will also improve as more airborne particulates are trapped by the heat pump’s high efficiency pleated air filter.

If you’d like to learn more about these heat pump features and more, contact Airco.