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Benefits of Using an Air Source Heat Pump for Your Richmond, VA, Home

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Air source heat pumps are an affordable, efficient option for managing your home comfort. If you’ve been relying on more traditional forced air systems, you may be surprised to find that there’s a better alternative. An air source heat pump can offer many benefits for your Richmond, Virginia, home.

Heating and Cooling in One Unit

Despite their name, which often makes people think of home heating, heat pumps are most efficient for cooling the home, particularly in the Richmond, Virginia, climate. In warm weather, heat pumps extract heat from the air inside your home and push it out. The heat pump contains two refrigerant-filled coils of copper tubing – one inside the home and the other outside. The refrigerant pulls heat from the air and evaporates it into a gaseous state. Heat pumps feature a reversing valve that can switch the flow of refrigerant in the system so it can be used for both heating and cooling purposes. In winter, the unit will extract heat from the outside air and bring it into the home. Properly maintained, an air source heat pump delivers up to three times more heat energy than its electrical energy consumption. Rather than generating all its own heat, as other systems do, the heat pump pulls existing heat from the outside air. Even in chilly weather, there’s a measure of heat available. The heat pump pulls from this and uses it to warm your home. For a long time, heat pump technology wasn’t effective against more severe winter weather in Richmond. However, advancing technology has made it possible for air source heat pumps to effectively heat your home without the use of a supplementary system.

Convenient Ductless Installation

If you have an older home without existing ductwork, the prospect of installing a heating and cooling system is daunting. Adding ductwork to a historic structure is immensely difficult. Heat pumps offer a smart, simple alternative. Ductless systems are available that require only a three-inch hole in the wall between the exterior condenser and interior heads. This allows you to incorporate heating and cooling without tearing apart your building or losing large amounts of space to ductwork.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Are you looking for smart ways to improve energy efficiency in your home? Heat pumps have a very low carbon footprint. In the Mid-Atlantic region, switching from an electric resistant heater to an air source heat pump reduces your energy use by about 3,000 kWh, yielding savings of over $450. If you switch from an oil system, you can expect savings of 6,200kHw, or nearly $950. A heat pump’s cooling efficiency is measured using its seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. This number compares how much heat is removed from a given space during the cooling season with how much electrical energy was used in the process. You can compare the cooling efficiency of a heat pump with other systems by looking at their respective SEER ratings. To compare heating efficiency, look at the heating season performance factor (HSPF), which is calculated similarly.

Advanced Features

Modern heat pumps offer several advanced features that make them a smart choice for your home. Variable speed blowers and two-speed compressors, such as those found in many Trane systems, increase the system’s efficiency by offering multiple speeds for more exact temperature control. Are you looking to improve your indoor air quality with your new heat pump? Choose a Trane system that’s compatible with the Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner. You can install this system alongside your heat pump for advanced filtration that will remove up to 99.98% of airborne particles, increasing your indoor air quality immensely. If you’re considering a new heating or cooling system, contact Air Excellence, Inc. at 804-885-3888. We’ll help you explore your options and find the most efficient and affordable installation for your home. We put our knowledge and experience at your disposal to help you find the perfect fit for your home.