Add Value and Comfort to Your Home with a Lennox Heat Pump
When it comes to heating and cooling your home, heat pumps provide a number of advantages. A heat pump helps circulate the air throughout your home while also providing continuous dehumidification and filtration for the air. Circulating the air helps eliminate the "stuffy" feeling while also preventing moisture from settling in your home, which can cause mold and mildew to form as well as the development of poor air quality.
Although there are a variety of styles and brands of heat pumps, such as Lennox two-stage comfort pumps or solar-assisted products, the way heat pumps operate is virtually the same. A heat pump is basically an all-in-one unit that pulls heat from the inside of your home in summer and extracts heat from the outside air in winter. The pump works in reverse mode during summer months for the cooling effect, which saves money in the long run because you're not relying on various types of cooling that can drive up energy costs.
To enjoy more warmth during extremely cold or below freezing temperatures, some heat pumps can be integrated with a gas furnace to create a dual-fuel system. Though this system does require the use of gas and electric, it switches between the two only when necessary to effectively warm your home. This enables you to keep your home warmer only when needed on the coldest days...no more wasted energy!
Heat pumps today are known for energy efficiency. For example, Lennox heat pump efficiency ratings meet or exceed 13.00 SEER and 7.70 HSPF, ratings that can save you as a homeowner hundreds of dollars per year in heating and cooling bills. SEER stands for "Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio" and rates air conditioners for cooling efficiency. Some Lennox units have a SEER rating of up to 18.6 percent! HSPF stands for "Heating Seasonal Performance Factor" and measures the heat pump efficiency. The minimum accepted rating by the U.S. government is 6.8 percent. Lennox units can have a rating of up to 9.2 percent!
Most modern heat pumps are designed to operate very quietly. The pump may have a low sound level with an insulated compressor compartment to reduce operating noises. There are also special fan grilles to reduce the sound of the airflow exiting unit.
As with furnaces and air conditioning units, heat pumps should be reviewed and compared before making a purchase. Use online resources to compare quality name brands such as Lennox and see what features and benefits they offer. Compare costs, but don't allow price to be your only determining factor. Quality of service and installation, energy efficiency and how well the unit will heat and cool your home should all be carefully considered. Paying a little more up front could save you hundreds of dollars per year for many years to come.
Be sure to ask about the company's warranties and what it covers if something goes wrong with your heat pump. Also, consider the size of your unit carefully. Speak with an HVAC expert to determine which size heat pump will work best for your home. Factors to consider are the size and layout of your home, heat loss through windows, walls, floors and roof, and the insulation type.
Cost will vary based on the brand and unit you choose. You should consider how much it will cost to service your unit when needed and how often it needs to be serviced. If you want to shop online, use keywords specific to your local area to find units and installers. For example, if you live in Canada search according to your province or city. Example phrases include "Abbotsford heat pump installer," "Langley heat pump Lennox dealer," "Surrey heat pump company," "Mission heat pump installation," or "Chillwack Lennox heat pump installer."
With a reliable heat pump, you'll soon realize warmth and coolness like never before without all the high energy bills!
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