Heat Pump Systems
Heat Pump Systems are another widely found split system central heating and cooling system in the Charlotte NC area. In fact, if you have a split system but don’t heat your home with natural gas, you are probably going to find an affordable and all electric heat pump split system system installed in your home.
When a heat pump system is designed & installed to your home, the three main components must be a matched system, that are designed to properly cool your home in the summer, as well as heating your home during the mild winter season we get in Charlotte NC. The full system consists of three main components: Outdoor heat pump condenser, an indoor air handler, and an electric heat strip that serves as backup heat when the temps drop below 30-35 degrees.
The outdoor heat pump condenser is often matched to a gas furnace heater and evaporator coil to complete a hybrid heating and cooling system as well. In these cases, the outdoor air conditioner is replaced with the heat pump, which can be used to extract heat very efficiently, down to about 30 degrees.
Heat Pump Sizes
Just like all other components of a home hvac system, your heat pump size is going to depend on many factors that are best left for a Professional HVAC Contractor to determine. (Get 3 free quotes from qualified Charlotte contractors) Since a heat pump has to both heat and cool your home, detailed load calculations need to be completed in order to be sure you are getting the properly sized system for your house.
Heat pump are sized in a mix of cooling tons and heating btu’s, but are most commonly referred to in the ton reference. If you need a heat pump system in your home, you will likely hear the contractor refer to it as a 2, or 3-ton heat pump system. Heat pumps are available from 1 ton, through the largest residential unit size of 5 ton, or 60,000 btu. When you need a larger system than 5 tons, you should install 2 smaller units, or a zoned system for the best overall results.
Heat Pump System Prices
Like any other product you buy, heat pump prices have several contributing factors that will determine the end price.
- Heat Pump System Size and Installation Difficulty
Larger units cost more to manufacture and will cost you more to buy. In addition, if the unit is installed in a location of your home thats more difficult to get to, the contractor may need to charge more to accommodate the additional time for the installation.
- Brand Name of Heat Pump
Just like central air conditioners and gas furnaces in Charlotte, the brand you decide to install will effect the price you pay. Higher quality comes at a premium cost.
- Heat Pump System Features and Efficiency
Whether you want a 2-stage or quieter running heat pump system, or a variable speed blower system, indoor comfort features can add to the bottom line! In addition, higher efficiency units that will save you money over the life of the unit, will cost more to buy.
- The Heat Pump Contractors Need to Work
If you need to replace your heat pump during a cold spell or a heat wave, you are going to pay more. Charlotte HVAC Contractors‘ schedules are intimately in line with the outdoor weather and if you are freezing or heating up inside your home, many others are as well. The cost will go up and down based on how busy the contractor is at the time your system breaks.
Charlotte Heat Pump Contractors
There are hundreds of licensed and qualified Charlotte NC area heat pump contractors available to install a system to your home. Follow these simple tips for choosing a local heat pump contractor.
- Use the QualitySmith Free Screening Service
We’ve partnered with QualitySmith to provide free estimates from their list of local licensed and qualified contractors. Click here for 3 free quotes.
- Choose Based On the Manufacturer
If you’ve decided to install a specific brand like Carrier or Trane, you can visit their contractor locator pages to find companies who are partnered with the specific brand.
- Ask Family, Neighbors and Friends
There are no better reviews than those of your friends or neighbors. Ask them in person, or use your network of friends on sites like Facebook or Yelp to find referrals.
- Read Online Reviews
You can always use a service like Google Places or Angies List to read the experience of others in the local area.