We here in the Sandy UT and surrounding areas get pretty extreme weather. It gets incredibly hot during our long summers, as well as cold during the winter. As a result, the preferred HVAC system of choice is the heat pump. If you’re looking to install or replace an HVAC system then this guide will be extremely helpful to you.
1. What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps are amazing pieces of HVAC technology because they offer both cooling and heating from one, efficient device. In short, they work by generating heat and moving it in or out of the home when needed. They can be installed in an attic, basement, or other area. They often use both an indoor and outdoor unit.
2. Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency
One of the best metrics you can use to select your heat pump is its efficiency. The main reason for this is that you will save money each and every month on your power bill without having to make any adjustments in your heating or cooling. The units of today are far more advanced than those of even five or ten years ago. These energy efficient heat pumps are good for the environment. Finally, they tend to have a longer lifespan and need fewer repairs if they use less energy, just as cars with higher gas mileage do. Be sure to pay attention to the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and/or HSPF (Heating Season Performance Factor) to get the best data.
3. What Kind of Heat Pump Do I Need?
First of all, know the square footage of the property interior to be heated and cooled. This helps determine the necessary BTUs to handle the workload. You do not want a heat pump that is too big or too small. Keep in mind whether you will need a residential, commercial, or other type of heat pump. You will also need to know the power source for your property be it electricity, gas, both, or other configuration.
4. What Brand of Heat Pump is Best for Sandy?
Many manufacturers make exciting new models that offer all sorts of features from smart technology to quiet operation to allergy combatting. Keep this in mind when shopping around. You should also ask a trusted heat pump professional in your area. For our part, we like Carrier’s line of heat pumps. They have three levels of heat pumps:
- Comfort Series – Budget friendly, simple, SEER up to 16.
- Performance Series – Quiet operation, humidity control, SEER up to 17.
- Infinity System – Premium humidity and temperature controls, up to 50% quieter, SEER up to 24.
We don’t always recommend going with the cheapest models, as the more energy efficient units may be able to pay for the difference in power bill savings in the long run. Check with your HVAC professional to see how much you can save over a five year, ten year, or other period.
More on Sandy Heat Pump Buying & Installing
We do not recommend you purchase a heat pump on your own. This Sandy heat pump buying guide is solely for informational purposes. Feel free to contact us if you live in Sandy, Salt Lake City, Lehi, Provo, or the surrounding areas and need professional help for your heat pump. We have the expertise to help you select the right unit for your property, as well as install it, and service it to warranty specifications.