Non-Energy Benefits of Replacing Your Electric Furnace and CAC with an Efficient Heat Pump
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Heat pumps take up less space than having separate heating and cooling systems. Also, efficient heat pumps may operate more quietly, have better temperature and/or moisture control, and be easier to maintain than minimum efficiency heat pumps.
Heat pumps combine the functions of heating and cooling. As a result, there is no need to purchase and install separate units. This can save on the space required.
ENERGY STAR heat pumps may operate more quietly than standard (minimum efficiency) heat pumps. Most heat pumps that qualify for the ENERGY STAR label come with "sound blankets" on the compressor to make the outdoor condensing unit quieter.
Some efficient heat pumps may have better control systems that improve the humidity and/or temperature control.
Some efficient heat pumps are easier to maintain than minimum efficiency units. Some high-efficiency heat pumps have ports on the refrigerant tubing coming in and out of the compressor, which make it easier to check the refrigerant charge.
You can obtain additional benefits by having your contractor install the correct size (capacity) of heat pump for your home. Proper sizing helps to reduce humidity and therefore control mold and mildew, and also reduces energy consumption.