Heating with Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps can be a very economical way of heating and cooling your dwelling depending on geographical location and the cost of electricity in your area. The volatile costs of natural gas, propane, and oil has enabled these conditions where it can be cheaper to heat with a heat pump than with fossil fuels. There is a common conception that a heat pump blows cold air and while this can be true in some cases it is not true to all heat pumps.

If a heat pump is blowing cold air when in the heating mode then it needs to be looked at because there exists a problem that needs to be corrected. Even when the outside unit kicks into the defrost mode the unit should provide adequate heat to heat the zones which it serves. Again, if it is not providing adequate heat then it needs to looked at for a technical problem that needs correcting. A well designed heat pump system, working properly and efficiently, can provide competitive and economical heat for your dwelling.

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If you use electricity to heat your home, consider installing an energy-efficient heat pump system. Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating in moderate climates, providing up to three times more heating than the equivalent amount of electrical energy it consumes. A heat pump cools your home by collecting the heat inside your house and effectively pumping it outside. A heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating as much as 30 to 40%.

If your furnace is more than 15 years old, replace it with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 10% more efficient than a new, standard model.

If your heat pump is more than 10 years old, replace it with an ENERGY STAR heat pump, which uses at least 20% less energy than a standard new model.

If your air conditioner unit is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR air conditioner, which uses at least 10% less energy than a standard new model. Select the unit with the highest Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) for greater savings. Ask a trained salesperson for help choosing the size that’s right for your needs.

Install glass doors on fireplaces, which act as a barrier against warmed air returning up the chimney. Some models of glass doors are equipped with small vents along the bottom or sides to allow a controlled amount of combustion airflow into the fireplace. The glass allows the heat from the fire to radiate into the room. Because glass doors reduce the amount of conditioned air that is drawn up the chimney, they also reduce infiltration of outside air into the home.

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Videos To Download

Well, it’s been a while in coming, and the selection isn’t complete, but it’s a good start…Now you can download to rent or own, shorter versions of the DVD’s. I’ve taken the “Troubleshooting Heat Pump Electrical Systems” DVD, and divided it into 20-30ish minute sections that are available to rent for a couple of bucks or buy for $10. The download service is provided through Amazon.Com “Video On Demand”.

There are five downloads to choose from:

#1. Review of electrical wiring and operation #2. Troubleshooting open control voltage circuits #3. Troubleshooting control voltage short circuits and defrost controls #4. Troubleshooting air handler controls, reversing valves and contactors #5. Troubleshooting fan, blower and compressor motors, capacitors, condenser high voltage problems

When you click on the link below, you’ll get to the Amazon page where the available downloads are listed. You can get a free 2 minute preview, after which you make the decision whether or not to download the rental. Keep in mind, the process will only work effectively with high speed internet connections. Also keep in mind, once you get to the Amazon site, you’re playing by their rules…I have no control whatsoever over the site mechanics, prices or payment methods. It is simply an effort on my part to provide another purchasing option for the heat pump video training material.

Amazon Video On Demand

Original post here: Wayne Shirley HVAC Tips

Honeywell RTH3100C1002 Digital Heat/Cool Pump Thermostats

  • Easy to see read backlit display with soft-touch button interface
  • Quality temperature control for heat pump with auxiliary heat
  • Mercury free thermostat
  • For use with heat pumps only
  • Ships at 8.8-ounces

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Honeywell RTH3100C1002 Digital Heat/Cool Pump Thermostats