Cooling your home efficiently with the correct equipment and proper installation can help lower your monthly energy costs. Plus, you can save even more with available rebates on central air conditioning and heat pump equipment. A central heat pump operates on the same principles as a central air conditioning system, but is able to provide heating as well as cooling.
A central heat pump uses the difference between outdoor air temperatures and indoor air temperatures to cool and heat your home. Both types of equipment move the conditioned air throughout the house through ducts, are controlled through the home’s thermostat, and must be installed correctly to be efficient.
Work with a licensed HVAC professional to determine which equipment is right for your home. Before installation, consider the following:
A new high-efficiency mini-split heat pump could cut your heating and cooling costs by 30 percent, while increasing your comfort and giving you more control over your home’s temperature.
Mini-split heat pumps deliver warm or cool air directly into different zones in your home. This allows you to avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems. Mini-splits can cost-effectively replace baseboard electric heating and window air conditioners.
A heat pump is a device that moves heat from one place to another. It works much like an air conditioner or a refrigerator. While a refrigerator moves heat from your fridge to your kitchen, a heat pump moves heat from your home to the outside, or vice versa.
A mini-split system is composed of two components: an outdoor condensing unit and one or more indoor air handling units, connected by a conduit through your wall. They usually have no ducts, but can sometimes have a short duct system. Mini-split heat pumps can produce cooling for the summer months and heating in the winter months.
Work with a licensed HVAC contractor to determine if mini-split heat pumps are right for your home. Before installation, consider the following:
Once your mini-split system is installed, set it and forget it! Leaving your mini-split system on full-time will optimize the comfort and efficiency of your home. Mini-splits are designed to run continuously, and will ramp up or down as the room reaches the desired temperature setting.
Installing an energy-efficient mini-split heat pump is the first step to lowering your heating and cooling costs and increasing your home’s comfort. To maximize your savings and comfort, our savings guide will let you know how to best use your heat pump for heating and cooling your home.