Heat Pump Q&A with Jason Schlunt

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Join us today for a heat pump Q&A with Bellows Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical’s Co-Founder and CEO Jason Schlunt. Get some of your pressing questions answered by Jason, a 25-year HVAC industry veteran!

Q: What are the benefits of using heat pumps for heating and cooling your home?

A: Heat pumps are incredibly cost-effective and environmentally friendly. They use half as much energy as other electric home-heating sources and can save homeowners up to $1,000 a year compared to oil heat or about $500 compared to electrical heating, according to the US Department of Energy. Additionally, heat pumps emit less carbon than other options and provide two to five times more heating energy than the energy they consume.

Q: What exactly is a heat pump and how does it work?

A: Heat pumps are essentially two-way air conditioners. They remove heat from the air inside your home during summer (cooling it) and transfer heat from the outside air into your home during winter (heating it). This process is highly efficient and saves energy because heat pumps only move heat instead of generating it by burning fuel.

Q: How can homeowners pick the right heat pump for their homes?

A: Selecting the right heat pump depends on factors like the size and layout of your home, your energy needs, insulation, and local climate. Consulting with a contractor who understands these factors is crucial. Look for air-source heat pumps as they are the most common and adaptable option for different living situations.

Q: What size heat pump do homeowners need for their homes?

A: Heat pump size depends on various factors like square footage, insulation, and climate. Contractors like Bellows use standards like Manual J to calculate the appropriate size for your home. Your Bellows Comfort Advisor will help you find a correctly sized heat pump to ensure efficiency and ensure that it qualifies for incentives from programs through the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

Q: Can heat pumps work with existing HVAC ducts?

A: Yes, heat pumps can work with existing duct systems in homes, we do it all the time!. They are also available in ductless mini-split forms, offering versatility for different installation scenarios. Our Comfort Advisors can also advise on setting up zones within your home to maximize comfort and efficiency.

Q: What are some reputable heat pump brands to consider?

A: There are many great heat pump brands but the two that Bellows loves the best are Mitsubishi and Lennox. Both offer reliable heat pumps with warranties ranging from 10 to 12 years. Mitsubishi is our go-to for ductless systems! Many people industry wide consider them the hands down leader in all heat pumps both ducted and ductless.

Q: How can homeowners find the most efficient heat pump for their needs?

A: Energy Star-rated heat pumps with SEER ratings of at least 15 and HSPF ratings of at least 8.5 are recommended. Bellows can help determine the best efficiency metrics based on your climate and usage patterns.

Q: What should homeowners consider in terms of long-term investment when installing a heat pump?

A: Your Bellows Comfort Advisor will provide insights into long-term savings, help navigate rebate programs, and offer additional services like warranty coverage, customer support, and handling paperwork for rebates. Consider the full package offered by Bellows, not just the upfront cost of the heat pump. Bellows’ team of Comfort Advisors stand at the ready to help you calculate and make this very important decision!

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