If you have used your Birmingham, AL heat pump for more than a decade, it may be time for you to consider replacing the unit. Some people wonder why they should replace their heat pumps instead of simply repairing parts that are worn or no longer functioning properly. A new heat pump installation can help you to enjoy multiple benefits, including increased energy efficiency, less noise and better economy over the long run.

Obtain better energy efficiency with a new heat pump installation

Manufacturers of heat pumps and air conditioners have been required to comply with the guidelines for minimum efficiency that have been established by the Department of Energy for decades. Over the years, the government has increased the minimum efficiency ratings for heat pumps. The cooling efficiency of your heat pump is measured by its seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The minimum SEER ratios have been increased by the government, and the higher the ratio of your unit, the lower the cost of your energy bill. Here is how the government has increased the SEER ratings over time:

  • 6 SEER for heat pumps prior to 1980
  • 7 SEER for heat pumps between 1980 and 1985
  • 8 SEER for heat pumps between 1986 and 1991
  • 10 SEER for heat pumps between 1992 and 2005
  • 13 SEER for heat pumps between 2006 and 2014
  • 14 SEER for heat pumps between 2015 and the present

Some of the most energy-efficient heat pumps that are available on the market today have SEER ratings as high as 21, meaning that they consume significantly less electricity than older heat pump systems.

Benefits of installing a heat pump with a variable speed motor

Some newer heat pumps also have variable speed fan motors. This helps to improve the air flow in your house so that you can enjoy the highest level of comfort. Variable speed motors help by monitoring the humidity, temperature and other factors in your home, and they automatically adjust their speed according to the data that they read. For example, your variable speed system may blow harder in the morning to get your home to a comfortable temperature and then slow down to maintain the temperature at a comfortable level. Some of the advantages of a heat pump with a variable speed motor include the following:

2-stage compressor benefits

Some modern heat pumps have two-stage compressors installed, which function in a similar manner to variable speed motors. While older heat pumps have single-stage compressors that only blow at a constant speed, newer heat pumps with two-stage compressors blow at lower speeds on days that are milder and higher on days that are very hot. This allows you to consume less energy because the two-stage compressor’s lower setting will meet your needs a majority of the time. Running for long periods of time at the lower speed also helps to remove more of the humidity from the air, increasing the comfort level of your home. Since these units do not have to cycle as frequently, their lifespans are also increased.

If you have a heat pump that is 15 years old, you may reap multiple benefits if you choose to replace it. While it may be tempting to try to repair the old parts for a few hundred dollars at a time, you will likely be forced to replace your heat pump within a couple of years. At that point, you will have spent the money on repairs to your old heat pump but still will have to purchase the new unit. This makes purchasing a new heat pump more economical in the long run. To learn more about how a new heat pump installation can offer you benefits, take a look at Skelton’s Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration’s heat pump solutions or call (205) 289-3413.

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