Packaged Heat Pump

While many homeowners are familiar with both heat pumps and air conditioners, few know of how different the two devices really are. While air conditioners are capable of cooling an entire home to arctic levels, often within mere minutes, so are their heat pump counterparts. In fact, heat pumps are able to do everything an air conditioner can, along with a select few more impressive features.

For example, a package heat pump is capable of cooling air in much the same way as a standard air conditioner – by pumping cool air into an otherwise toasty room. But what’s so amazing about heat pumps is that right after it’s pumped cool air into a room, its condenser and evaporator coils can be switched, allowing it to pump warm air into a room using the same mechanical system as before.

For this reason, hundreds of thousands of homeowners are investing not in air conditioning systems or inexpensive fans for their homes, but in variable packaged heat pump systems. Priced above their air conditioner counterparts yet equally capable in almost all situations, packaged heat pumps are an all-in-one solution for home heating during the winter, and home cooling in the hot summer season.

What’s required for a home packaged heat pump? If your home currently uses a standard air conditioning system, installing a packaged heat pump can be surprisingly easy. The requirements for a home heat pump are fairly straightforward – with vents and other airflow systems an obviously crucial requirement, air conditioning or heat pump outlets a key factor, and external HVAC tubing an optional extra in older, often commercial buildings.

In many homes, these are installed as standard, either as part of a current air conditioning system or as an ordinary non-attached building feature. In homes that lack these features, however, installing a packaged heat pump can end up being quite a costly process. You will need to prepare a HVAC vent system, or have one installed within your home’s walls, which can often cost thousands of dollars.

This can be done independently, although it’s certainly a task that’s best trusted to an experienced or otherwise skilled professional. Packaged heat pumps, from a purely component-based viewpoint, in general will cost upwards of one-thousand dollars on their own. When costs are combined, it’s often a better option to purchase both your packaged heat pump and its installation from a local expert.

If you choose to install a packaged heat pump independently, it’s important to choose the better of two installation options: HVAC, or standard ventilation. In older buildings, particularly those with no built-in ventilation systems, a HVAC system is the least expensive and most simple. In new, or recently renovated buildings, a standard in-wall ventilation system may already be present.

How much does it cost to install a heat pump, and to operate it? The cost of installing a heat pump can vary dramatically depending on both the type of heat pump system that’s required, the age of the home it’s installed in, and the presence of any components in the home that are currently used for ventilation. At the lower end, a basic packaged heat pump can be installed for under two-thousand dollars, although more extensive systems can be more costly.

Take, for example, an extensive system consisting of three blowers and an exterior condenser. This system, despite providing warm or cool air to only three rooms within a home, could end up with a mid four-figure price tag attached due to the complexity of its installation. As with any home-based renovation, it’s the cost of infrastructure that’s the heaviest, not necessarily the system itself.

The operating costs of a packaged heat pump, however, are not so significant. Using a heat pump in moderate weather is unlikely to cost more than a few cents hourly, with extreme weather conditions unlikely to push the cost up significantly. Packaged heat pumps are fairly efficient in the amount of power required for standard operation, resulting in only a minor hit to your monthly power bill.

However, it’s important to remember that as with any electrical appliance, overusing your packaged heat pump can result in surprising bills. When your heat pump is used to its limits, for example, in a snow storm for warmth or an excessively hot summer as an air conditioner, it’s possible for the costs of operation to substantially increase as the packaged heat pump’s overall efficiency moves down.

While a packaged heat pump can seem like a major expense, it’s really a fantastic long-term choice for your home’s heating and cooling costs. Capable of filling the role of both an air conditioner and a mega-efficient home heater, it’s truly an all-in-one tool. For continental, Mediterranean, or cooler climates throughout the world, investing in a packaged heat pump will bring consistent home heat.

This Packaged Heat Pump Review is Written/Updated on Jan 17th, 2011 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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