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3 Things to Consider When Having a Heat Pump Installed

In North Carolina, we have the full range of seasons: warm summers and snowy winters. To equip your home for all weather conditions, a heat pump is one of the best options, since it provides both heating and cooling.

If you are thinking about scheduling a heat pump installation in Morrisville, NC, here are three things you should consider. You can talk to our heating specialists at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling for assistance.

1. Should you use ducts or opt for a ductless mini split system?

If you already have ducts installed in your home, then you won’t have to worry here: the heat pump will hook up to your pre-existing ductwork. However, if your home does not have ducts, or if you are building a new home, you will have to make a choice between installing ducts or using a ductless mini split system, which is a heat pump that uses multiple indoor blower units instead of a central unit connected to ducts. In most cases, it is an easier choice to go with a ductless mini split, but consult with the installers regarding the two options.

2. How powerful and large a heat pump should you get?

The easy—and incorrect—answer is: “As powerful as you can get.” The truth is that a heat pump that is either too small or too large present serious problems. The undersized heater will leave your home with cold spots, while the oversized heater will reach its temperature goal so fast that it will shut off early before completing its cycle, draining energy from continual starts and stops. The ideal sized heater is something your installer can determine using a heat load calculation. Trust to the experts to help you with correctly sizing your system.

3. Should you have a hybrid installed?

Heat pumps do come with one major caution: in extreme cold where the temperature drops below freezing, they can begin to struggle removing adequate amounts of heat from the outdoor air to provide a comfortable indoor temperature. There is a solution, however: a hybrid system that combines the heat pump with a backup furnace that runs on a different fuel source. The backup will come on when the heat pump begins to have difficulty. Hybrid systems do not carry too steep an additional cost to operate because the backup system will only need to run occasionally.

Ideal Services Heating & Cooling has provided quality heat pump installation in Morrisville, NC and all the greater Raleigh Triangle Area for more than two decades. We only install the top brands and models, and our experienced staff will make sure you have a smooth installation that will leave you with great heating and cooling for many years.

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