How to Choose the Best Heat Pump

Despite the recent polar vortex, winter in the Baltimore and surrounding Maryland areas doesn’t generally subject its residents to extremely cold temperatures. What does this mean? That a heat pump is ideal for heating your home.

Why? One of the main complaints about heat pumps is that they don’t work as well in extremely cold temperatures. The Department of Energy reports that “A heat pump may be economical where winters are relatively mild and the average temperature is above 25F. In this climate the heat pump alone will provide sufficient heat most of the day. In areas where the temperature in winter frequently drops below 25F, thus requiring frequent use of the backup heating system, it may not be economical to purchase a heat pump.”

For the most part, Baltimore residents don’t have to worry about this. But on days like today (hello 9 degree weather!), you’ll be happy to know that recent heat pump technology allows heat pumps to work in even colder temperatures.

Let’s take a look at some of the most advanced heat pumps on the market today:

Bryant Heat Pumps: The Evolution Extreme

The Bryant Evolution Extreme Heat Pump is the company’s most advanced model, which has a variety of features that allow it to operate quietly, efficiently, and with minimal environmental impact, including:

  • Up to 20.5 SEER rating
  • Up to 13 HSPF rating
  • Up to 16 EER rating
  • As low as 62 dB heating for quiet operation
  • ENERGY STAR certification
  • Puron refrigerant

In addition to the above features, the Extreme heat pump also comes equipped with the Bryant’s Perfect Humidity and Perfect Heat™ technology. According to Bryant, “Perfect Heat™ technology provides automated staging of heating to battle changing winter conditions. At start up, low stage heating gently circulates warm, heated air into your living space. As outdoor temperatures become more extreme, Perfect Heat technology stages the level of heating you need to remain comfortable.”

If you’re worried about keeping warm when extreme winter temperatures hit the Baltimore area, this type of feature is great to look for when choosing a heat pump.

Carrier Heat Pumps: The Infinity Series

According to Carrier, its Infinity series heat pumps are “the pinnacle of Carrier engineering.” What does that mean for your home? Take a look:

  • Up to 20.5 SEER
  • Up to 13 HSPF
  • As low as 58 dB heating for quiet operation
  • ENERGY STAR certification
  • Puron refrigerant

In addition to the above features, the Infinity also features Carrier’s Greenspeed intelligence. According to Carrier, “Greenspeed intelligence is created by pairing adaptable-speed technology with our Infinity control’s intelligence. The unique, variable-speed compressor of this unit, when managed by the Infinity control as part of a complete Infinity system, allows it to literally adapt its output to the needs of the home. With infinite adjustments between 40 and 100% capacity, it gives the home only the amount of cooling or heating necessary.

“This allows the system to operate longer at steadier, lower capacities, which ensures incredible energy efficiency and quiet operation with tighter temperature control than standard systems.”

A Few Final Heat Pump Tips

Now that we’ve reviewed some of the most advanced heat pumps in the market, let’s go over some final tips for choosing the best heat pump:

  • Look for a high SEER and high HSPF rating to save you money
  • Look for a low dB rating for quiet operation
  • Look for humidifying and dehumidifying features for maximum comfort
  • Look for extreme heating options if you live somewhere the temperatures drop below 25 degrees
  • Look for environmentally friendly features, which can help you qualify for rebates

Got it? We hope so. But if you have more questions about which heat pump is best for your home, contact our heating experts at All Seasons Heating & Cooling. Of course, if you’re ready to install a new heat pump in Baltimore, you can feel free to call us about that, too!

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