Electric Heating and Cooling Systems
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Electric Central Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps
Cooling your home efficiently with the correct equipment and proper installation can help lower your monthly energy costs. Plus, you can save even more with available rebates on central air conditioning and heat pump equipment. A central heat pump operates on the same principles as a central air conditioning system, but is able to provide heating as well as cooling.A central heat pump uses the difference between outdoor air temperatures and indoor air temperatures to cool and heat your home. Both types of equipment move the conditioned air throughout the house through ducts, are controlled through the home’s thermostat, and must be installed correctly to be efficient.
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Work with a licensed HVAC professional to determine which equipment is right for your home. Before installation, consider the following:
- Is your contractor AC Check trained? – AC Check trained contractors make sure equipment is installed to manufacturer specifications. Systems that are properly installed work at peak efficiency, increasing the comfort and savings in your home.
- Duct sealing, airflow, and insulation – System performance can be greatly affected by duct sealing and insulation. A typical duct system can leak 30 percent of its airflow, costing you money. Undersized ductwork also affects airflow, limiting the system’s ability to run at maximum efficiency. Adding insulation and sealing air drafts, prior to installing your equipment, will help in choosing properly-sized
- Proper sizing – Choosing properly-sized equipment ensures maximum comfort and efficiency. Oversized equipment will cost you more, use more energy, and provide a lower level of comfort.
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Heat Pumps and Mini Splits – What you need to know
Electric Mini-Split Heat Pumps
A new high-efficiency mini-split heat pump could cut your heating and cooling costs by 30 percent, while increasing your comfort and giving you more control over your home’s temperature.
Mini-split heat pumps deliver warm or cool air directly into different zones in your home. This allows you to avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Mini-splits can cost-effectively replace baseboard electric heating and window air conditioners.
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What is a Mini-Split Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a device that moves heat from one place to another. It works much like an air conditioner or a refrigerator. While a refrigerator moves heat from your fridge to your kitchen, a heat pump moves heat from your home to the outside, or vice versa.
A mini-split system is composed of two components: an outdoor condensing unit and one or more indoor air handling units, connected by a conduit through your wall. They usually have no ducts, but can sometimes have a short duct system. Mini-split heat pumps can produce cooling for the summer months and heating in the winter months.
What’s a Mini-Split Heat Pump?
Work with a licensed HVAC contractor to determine if mini-split heat pumps are right for your home. Before installation, consider the following:
- Determine the need: Mini-splits are used for different reasons, from heating and cooling a whole house to an individual room. For whole house use, make sure you have enough capacity and that indoor units are placed appropriately to cover all zones. Multi-head, cold climate models are a good option for whole house heating and cooling, and function efficiently down to very low temperatures.
- Use with your existing heating system: Using mini-split heat pumps in the winter to complement your existing heating system can reduce your overall heating costs without sacrificing comfort. The highest cost savings occur when mini-splits serve as the primary source of heat for an entire zone(s) currently heated by a baseboard electric or propane heating system. Based on current fuel prices, if your existing heating system is oil-fueled, you can still save money by operating the mini-split as the primary source of heat when outdoor temperatures are above 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Natural gas-fueled systems are cheaper to run at any temperature.
- Proper sizing: To provide optimum performance, have your contractor size the system to meet your needs. A system that is too large wastes energy and a system that is too small will not provide proper comfort.
Once your mini-split system is installed, set it and forget it! Leaving your mini-split system on full-time will optimize the comfort and efficiency of your home. Mini-splits are designed to run continuously, and will ramp up or down as the room reaches the desired temperature setting.