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You must replace the one you currently own.If you reside in a region with harsh winters, it's possible that you've only lately learned about heat pumps. According to a 2018 U.S. Energy Information Administration report, about 14% of American houses use heat pumps as their main source of heating and cooling. Therefore, if your house already has a heat pump and you're happy with it, replacing it with a similar model—which is likely to be more efficient—is the easiest thing to do when it wears out, which usually happens after 10 to 15 years of use.Members of Lantai may view the brands of ducted heat pumps that, according to information gathered from our member poll, produce the happiest owners.
Your central air conditioner has to be replaced, or new built-in air conditioning installed.A heat pump functions precisely like an air conditioner when it is in cooling mode. Additionally, the installation procedure is nearly the same for both systems. Though the precise amount could vary, installing a heat pump often costs more than installing a central air conditioner with a comparable capacity and efficiency rating. A comparison of different models revealed variances in installation costs of between 2 and over 35 percent. To help offset part of the expense, several state governments and utility providers provide cash refunds or tax incentives for installing heat pumps.
Therefore, it might make sense to spend a little bit more on a heat pump if you're replacing (or adding) an AC system anyhow, whether it's a room unit or a central system. You can then keep your current heating system as a backup for the coldest days of the year and enjoy the benefits of high-efficiency heating on the milder ones (more on this type of hybrid system later).
A cold space needs heat added to it.An inexpensive and efficient method of adding climate control to areas of your home where the main system isn't exactly functioning is with a ductless mini-split heat pump, such as a finished attic, garage workshop, or home addition.
You heat with electric baseboard heaters, electric resistance furnaces, or "delivered" fuels like heating oil or propane.These are all pricey methods of heating a house, but even with installation costs factored in, you can end up saving money over time if you go to a heat pump instead of one of these, depending on your location and the cost of power.
Your goal is to lessen your carbon footprint considerably.Heating accounts for over half of the energy used in a typical home. Therefore, improving your home's heating efficiency and using cleaner energy sources will have a significant impact on its sustainability. A 2022 University of California, Davis study found that replacing a gas furnace with a heat pump will cut a home's heating-related carbon emissions by an average of 40%. It's one of the most effective ways to lessen your carbon footprint without requiring you to alter your way of life.
There's ductwork in your house.In the United States, ducts are already used in more than half of all residences to distribute heating and cooling. Whole-home heating and cooling can be achieved by installing a ducted heat pump into the already-existing ductwork. The sole warning is that uninsulated, leaky ducts are detrimental to all heating systems, but heat pumps in particular (more on that later).
You reside in a place where heat pumps are subsidised.Heat pumps are typically more expensive up front than other heating device kinds, especially the ones that perform effectively in extremely cold areas. For instance, the median cost to buy and install a heat pump was $7,791, while the cost of gas furnaces was $6,870, according to the Lantai members questioned. Furthermore, according to others we spoke with, whole-house heat pumps for frigid areas can easily cost over $10,000. (Remember, heat pumps can also provide cooling.) However, a heat pump can be less expensive than alternative heat-only systems if it receives state- or utility-based subsidies, whether they take the form of tax breaks or cash refunds. Federal tax credits are not now available for air-source heat pump systems, although they are for ground-source heat pumps.
For some homes, heat pumps aren't the best heating option. Here are several situations when installing one could be costly, challenging, or unfeasible.
Your home is ductless.A house without ducts may find it costly and challenging to add them, and heat pumps designed for hydronic heating systems are not widely available or affordable in the United States. The simplest method to add a heat pump in this situation is typically through a ductless mini-split system.
Your home has leaks or inadequate insulation.Regardless of how you heat it, it's always a good idea to replace your insulation and fix any air leaks if your house is older. If you have ductwork, it's a good idea to wrap and seal it. However, houses with heat pumps particularly benefit from having adequate insulation. Compared to other systems, heat pumps provide heat more gradually—a steady stream of warm air is produced instead of sudden bursts of heat every few hours. Compared to when you have a typical system with higher temperatures, you will experience drafts and cold areas more frequently if your insulation is insufficient.
Your electrical supply is not strong enough.Some houses only have 100-amp or even 60-amp electrical supply, especially the older ones. This kind of setup can theoretically run a heat pump, particularly if it's a smaller capacity mini-split. However, if it's a larger heat pump and you plug in an electric car or switch on a lot more appliances, you risk tripping the breaker and having to restart your system. If your heat pump was installed by a professional, a good contractor would evaluate the capacity of your panel and may suggest that you hire an electrician to improve it to the 200 amp modern standard. For that work, you need budget at least a few thousand dollars.
The climate in which you dwell is rather cold.The United States is divided into eight climate zones by the Department of Energy. The winters get colder the greater the number. For many years, basic heat pumps have been widespread in the zones with smaller numbers. However, all the heat a house will require through zone 6 can be provided by contemporary heat pumps in a well-designed system.
Even modern cold-climate heat pumps may not be sufficient in zones 7 and 8, which include the northern regions of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, and all of Alaska, where temperatures can plunge below -25°F for days on end. Living in any of these places increases your likelihood of needing a backup heating system.