People often ask us questions about various brands, so today we’ll discuss some of the best heat pump brands for you and your family. Those that have read our articles before know that we started as a small, U.S. Veteran owned and operated HVAC business, and built our reputation of giving honest, straight answers (sometimes to their dismay); this will be no different.
Just remember that more important than researching the top heat pump brands is to do some research on the contractor you get to install your new heat pump, as this will have a much bigger impact on the price to install, and the overall longevity of your unit. In this article, we will discuss the means we used to rank the best heat pump brands, some tips for your upcoming project, and finally, our list of the top 10 heat pump brands to consider for your upcoming installation.
Top 7 Heat Pump
- Tan plastic construction
- Features 8 programmable speed settings and built-in timer
- This high performance pump is quiet, efficient and self priming
- Pump components are fiberglass-reinforced for superior strength and durability
- Lawn & Patio
- Pentair Model: 340210
- Standard 1.5 inch ports allow for easy above ground installation
How We Rate the Best Heat Pump Brands
Before we tackle our list of the top 10 heat pump brands, it’s important to first discuss the means we used to evaluate the best heat pump brands. Maybe it’s just the high school debate nerd in me (go Terriers!), but we all need to be on the same page. Also, you need to know that our list of the best heat pump brands is completely unbiased…we have no horse in this race. Even when we were a small HVAC company, we installed whatever brand the client requested. Now that we are a nationwide HVAC consultation company, this hasn’t changed
What to Know Before You Buy
New heat pumps work efficiently in many parts of the country, but especially in places without wide temperature swings and moderate heating and cooling needs. But if you live in an area with extremely cold temperatures, below 10 degrees F to 25 degrees F depending on system size, you will need an auxiliary heating system.
The cooling efficiency for air-source and ductless-split systems is measured by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The federal minimum standard is 13 SEER for new units for homes in the Northeast, Midwest, the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest; for the rest of the country, the minimum is 14 SEER.
Size is also important. If a heat pump is undersized or oversized, it won’t heat or cool effectively and will increase your energy bills. And your home may not feel comfortable. A unit that’s too big will cost more upfront and will cycle on and off too many times, shortening its life.
Tax Credits and Rebates
If you installed an Energy Star-certified geothermal heat pump by Dec. 31, 2016, you are eligible for a 30-percent federal tax credit on the purchase. Check the websites of the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Energy for more details.
Don’t buy a new heat pump until you make the rest of your home is as energy efficient as possible, because that will allow you to buy a smaller, less expensive system.
A heat pump won’t work as well, or provide as much annual energy savings as it should, unless the rest of your home is efficient, too. So, before you buy a heat pump, consider:
• Adding insulation to your attic and walls.
• Adding weather stripping around doors and caulk around windows.
• Properly sealing the ductwork throughout your home.
• Properly insulating the ducts in crawlspaces and attics.
• Installing and setting programmable thermostats to automatically lower the temperature at night in the cooler months and raise it in the warmer months, and adjust the temperature while you are away. Programmable thermostats can save you 10 percent annually on your energy bills.
Fans and compressors can be noisy, so select an air-source heat pump with a sound rating of 7.6 bels or lower. Also, locate the outdoor unit away from windows and consider positioning it on a noise-absorbing base. In addition, protect the outdoor unit from high winds, which can cause defrosting problems. Placing a shrub or a fence upwind of the coils will help.
Frost accumulation on the heat pump’s outdoor unit can impede energy efficiency and compromise indoor comfort. So, select a model with demand-defrost control. This feature will minimize defrost cycles, making your system more energy and cost efficient.
Reverse Cycle Chiller
A heat pump with a reverse cycle chiller allows you to pair it with a wide variety of heating and cooling distribution systems, and it can help make your home more comfortable. The technology can also lower your winter electric bills and is especially economical in all-electric homes.