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Heat Pumps Vs. Packaged Systems – An Energy Efficiency Comparison

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Energy efficiency is more important than ever. With this in mind, it’s important to make the right decision when choosing your HVAC system. How can you know whether a heat pump or a packaged system is going to fit the bill? Here’s a handy comparison when it comes to heating pumps, packaged systems, and energy efficiency.

What Is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a device that transfers heat from one area to another using electricity. Heat pumps will absorb heat from a cool area and send it to a warmer area. In the summer, it takes heat from the house and sends it outside and in the winter it pulls in heat from outside and pumps it inside.

What Is a Packaged System?

A packaged HVAC system is a system that has all of the heating and cooling components contained in one cabinet. They are generally installed outside at ground level and can be made up of high efficiency equipment. They are very common in the southern part of the United States where the climate is milder.

What’s the Energy Efficiency Comparison?

Both heat pumps and packaged systems are more energy efficient than ever. Here are the benefits of each:

Heat Pump:

• Uses electricity to move heat from one space to another
• Moves heat instead of generating heat
• 50% more energy efficient than traditional furnaces

Packaged System:

• Lower initial installation cost because of the all-in-one aspect
• Generates heating and cooling in one package
• Available in varying levels of energy efficiency

Generally speaking, heat pumps are somewhat more efficient than a packaged system, but have a higher initial investment cost. Packaged systems can be more customizable to fit your budget but can be less efficient over time.

Still looking for answers? Contact the experts at H.H. Hovey today for all of the information you need on increasing the energy efficiency of your home.

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