“Can’t I just buy whatever?”
You may think so, but honestly that’s just not true! Without taking the proper steps to ensure you’re choosing the right pump for the right reasons, you may be looking at increased costs of operation. Or worse, an ineffective heat pump.
Ten Considerations for Choosing the Right Heat Pump for Your Home
- Size. The size of your pump is of critical importance. You certainly don’t want a system that is too small for your home, but a pump that is too large can be an even bigger issue. Why? Because a larger pump will have over frequent cycling times, drastically increasing the cost of running it!
- Type of pump. Air source, geothermal, mini-split (ductless)—there are lots of pump types. This decision all comes down to your personal preference. Do you want a pump that boasts high-efficiency and reduced costs of operation? Do you want a pump that provides higher than average control options? Know the types, and decide which is best for you.
- Brand. The brand of heat pump can sometimes be a major concern, and sometimes can essentially be a non-factor. The most important thing is to be sure you’re receiving a quality pump from a trusted manufacturer. An off-brand may be cheaper, but you definitely get what you pay for here!
- Choose a good contractor. Always pick a trustworthy company to install and maintain your heat pump.
- Home size. This ties directly into the size of pump you need. Know the square footage of your home for an accurate choice.
- Number of residents. How many people live in your home? This can have an impact on the type, size and efficiency of the pump you choose.
- Understand local climate. How beefy of a pump you need directly correlates to your local climate, so if you’re new to the area get familiar with weather patterns.
- Plan ahead. Heat pump installation isn’t exactly a long project, but it’ll take a day or two. It may be wise to plan for alternative means of staying comfortable; or plan to have your pump installed on a temperate day.
- Be ready for change. A new pump will certainly be an improvement, but odds are it will operate totally differently from your last system. Be ready for change, and expect some variance on your old thermostat settings.
- Consider upkeep. Familiarize yourself with what maintenance is required for each pump type. What sounds best for you specifically?
Installing a New Heat Pump in Baltimore with All Seasons
If you need a company you can trust to handle your heat pump installation with care, skill and a mind for excellence, call on All Seasons! Our professionals are the best in the business, and we are never satisfied until you are!