Your Guide to Heat Pumps
This video focuses on heat pumps and choosing the right one for your home. The host dives deep into the different types of heat pumps and their efficiency ratings. He also looks at key factors to consider when making a decision. There are three main types of heat pumps: air source, ground source, and water source.
Air source pumps are the most common and easiest to install. However, they’re not as efficient as the others.
Ground source pumps are more efficient but require more installation work. Water source pumps are the most efficient but need access to a water body like a lake or river.
Heating and air conditioning companies measure heat pump efficiency using terms like CoP, Scop, EER, Seer, and HSPF. You don’t need to memorize them all. Just know that CoP is the heat output to electricity input ratio. Scop takes seasonal temperature changes into account for a more accurate efficiency picture. EER and Seer are similar but for cooling, and HSPF does the same for heating.
Choosing the right heat pump depends on the climate, home size, budget, and needs. If it’s cold where you live, you’ll need a pump that works well in low temperatures. For a bigger house, you’ll need one that can generate enough heat to keep things cozy. And remember, budget isn’t just about the upfront cost but also the long-term operating expenses.