Forget about air conditioners for a moment. The benefits of heat pumps heavily outweigh those of air conditioners. You may not be familiar with them, but you should be. More and more small business and homeowners are moving towards the overwhelming benefits and cost savings that heat pumps can offer them. To give you one example: if you’re currently heating with electricity, a heat pump would be able to cut down on the amount of electricity you use by as much as 40%. That savings alone in electricity would quickly pay for the price of that heat pump.
I’m sure you’re wondering how heat pumps are able to save you so much money on electricity costs. Heat pumps work very effectively by transferring heat from a cool place to a warm place. For example, in colder months when heating is needed most, a heat pump moves heat from the colder outdoors to your warmer indoors, and in the warmer months when cooler air is needed, heat pumps move cooler air from the warm outdoors into your cooler indoors. To do this, heat pumps also use electricity, but they require much less than air conditioners and furnaces.
As with most household appliances, you’ve got options. Don’t think it’s required to drop a small fortune on a heat pump and installation. Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and Fujitsu are three of the top brands in the market. They are considered the top brands because of their innovation and quality. While innovation and quality will save you money down the road, they come at a price. Cheaper options will be provided later on.
Mitsubishi heat pumps feature a “Flash Injection” bypass circuit. It works by improving the volume of refrigerant circulation by employing two circulation systems, or in layman’s terms, improving the heating performance even in some of the coldest conditions. With the flash injection circuit, Mitsubishi heat pumps maintained heating performance at temperatures as low as -15 °C compared to conventional heat pumps at -5 °C.
With Panasonic and their Econavi heat pumps, energy savings of up to 38% are possible. The Econavirange is their simplest option so imagine what their more innovative pumps could save. Constantly in the mix with Panasonic and Mitsubishi is Fujitsu. Fujitsu, like the others, is quick to remind that heat pumps are the better alternative. They are the eco-friendly, energy efficient and cost-saving options for home or office comfort. The innovation of these brands comes at a premium, with prices capable of exceeding $10,000 after installation.
If you’re not ready to shell out the cash for one of the top three heat pump brands, don’t worry – cheaper options do exist. York heat pumps are more affordable and built to last. For some even cheaper options, check out Amana, Armstrong, or Tempstar heat pumps. Complete systems can be purchased for under $1,500 and keep you under $5,000 after installation. Don’t forget, the more efficient the heat pump, the more environmentally friendly.