If you are a homeowner, then you have probably heard your local air conditioning and heating technician talk about a heat pump. Unfortunately, like a lot of other parts that make up our homes, most of us are unfamiliar with what exactly a heat pump is. A heat pump is a particular item that gathers heat from a source and sends it to a “heat sink.” These devices are created to transfer heat energy in the direction that is opposite of the natural heat flow.
The heat pump will absorb heat from a colder area and the transfer it to a warmer area – the heat sink. Heat pumps use power to transfer heat from the source of heat to the heat sink.
Heat pumps are commonly used in air conditioners and freezers, but they are most well known for being a part of HVAC (heat, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. HVAC systems are used not only for heating but also for air conditioning during warmer months. When a heat pump is used for cooling, it transfers the heat energy from the conditioned space into the heat sink. When a heat pump is used for heating, it transfers the heat energy in the opposite direction. The heat is put into the conditioned space rather than the heat sink. Heat pumps are more energy efficient than electrical resistance heaters. They use about three to four times less electric power, which saves people a lot of money on their electric bills during the winter months. The downside is that the installation of heat pumps is significantly higher than the installation price of resistance heaters.
So how much does a heat pump cost?
Carrier heat pump prices vary depending on which models you are looking at. The Infinity Series heat pump designed by Carrier has Greenspeed intelligence and is one of the highest quality models on the market. This particular heat pump has a 13 HSPF making it the best heat pump for heating efficiency. Because of the latest technology, this model is one of the pricier ones and is on the high end of carrier heat pump prices.
Luckily, for people who are unable to invest in the latest Infinity Series model with the highest heating efficiency, there are the Performance Series models which provide an excellent balance for people who need to save a little more money now, but also want to save money in the future.
The Comfort Series heat pumps designed by Carrier are the best heat pumps for people who have a very limited purchasing budget. The energy cost savings will not be as high for these heat pumps, but they will get the job done. Carrier heat pump prices vary significantly across these three different series of models. No matter what your budget is, a Carrier heat pump can be within it.
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