Understanding the Heating and Cooling Capacity of the Heat Pump

In St. Louis, the heat pump continues to generate a slew of advantages for commercial properties, facilities and complexes. While these understated, heating and cooling systems afford energy efficiency, misconceptions continue to swirl. Here is a list of some common misconceptions regarding heat pumps:

Heat pumps are seasonal heating applications, needed during the colder months of the year only?
Despite the name, heat pumps serve as a complete heating and cooling system. All year round, heat pumps maintain indoor comfort. Working as a heating system, heat pumps produce indoor heat by extracting hot air, which is generally comprised in chilly temperatures, from outside and transferring it inside. During the summer, the heat pump multitasks as an air conditioner, exporting interior heat from a commercial property to the exterior.

A heat pump is not as energy efficient as it seems:
Heat pumps garner a high efficiency reputation, endorsed by the ENERGY STAR program.  Since heat pumps transfer existing air from outdoors to indoors; and vice versa, these heating and cooling systems employ merely three times less energy than they consume. When supplemented with a gas furnace, both work independently at differing intervals to maximize energy savings.

A heat pump substitutes the need for a furnace:
Generally, a heat pump functions as the main heating and cooling system. It synchronizes warming the home in conjunction with a gas furnace. When temperatures dwindle beyond the heat pump’s capacity to generate warm air, the gas furnace automates the temperature.

How to evaluate a heat pump’s energy efficiency?
There are several indicators that influence a heat pump’s energy efficiency: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF).
SEER represents the rating system of the heat pump’s cooling equipment. Lower SEER ratings are costlier to operate than heating and cooling systems with a higher SEER rating. The HSPF provides a measurement of the heat pump’s energy savings characteristics.

In St. Louis how do property owners determine if a heat pump is an applicable heating and cooling system?
St. Louis’ most recognized name in mechanical contractors: Hoffmann Brother’s possesses more than 40 years experience designing, building, and repairing heat pumps for a variation of commercial properties.  By conducting an energy audit and inspecting a building’s heating and cooling system, Hoffmann Brothers can make a cost effective diagnosis.

Contact Hoffmann Brothers to determine if a heat pump is suitable for your commercial property.  Visit our rebates and incentives page to learn more about Utility incentives and manufacturer rebates. You can call our office at 314-664-3011 or request a free estimate today here.

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