How to Choose the Right Heat Pump for Your Home

A heat pump is a system that provides heating and cooling by moving thermal energy in the form of air or water. It works by pulling heat out of the environment (such as air or ground) and pumping it into a home or building through a refrigeration cycle, using the energy stored in a battery of refrigerant to power its operation. Heat pumps are 3-5 times more energy efficient than gas boilers in terms of the amount of energy they produce for each unit of electricity consumed.

Heat pumps are an ideal solution for homes in milder climates because they can operate all year round, saving energy on both cooling and heating. In areas with colder weather, however, it’s more effective to pair a Heat Pump with a furnace to generate additional energy-efficient heating on the chilly days. In these hybrid configurations, known as dual fuel systems, the heat pump operates on its lowest efficiency setting until the temperature drops below freezing, when it will automatically switch to furnace mode.

Whether a heat pump makes sense for you will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of home you live in and your local incentive programs. A local Carrier dealer will have the expertise to evaluate your unique home and help you select the best heat pump for your needs.

We’ve updated this guide to include the latest information on rebates and incentives in Massachusetts and other states, as well as the availability of temporary heat pump installations. We’ve also included new research that shows how much a heat pump might save you on your utility bills and how the savings will grow over time.

The cheapest and most efficient way to handle both heating and cooling, heat pumps are also good for the environment and your wallet. But how do you choose the right heat pump for your home?

Air-source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump. They work by transferring thermal energy from the air in your house to the outdoors using a refrigeration cycle and a reversing valve. These are the same components found in your fridge, so you can imagine how simple they are to maintain.

If you are looking for a more durable and powerful system, we recommend going with a ductless heat pump. These are smaller, more compact systems that can be installed without requiring new ductwork. They’re a great choice for retrofit applications in older homes.

A heat pump will perform best in a clean, dry environment with an even temperature throughout the house. To ensure the health of your heat pump, keep indoor humidity below 50% and regularly change the filter.

Generally speaking, it is always best to have your heat pump serviced by a qualified professional. If you are noticing problems with your heat pump, be sure to check your thermostat and make sure it is set properly, and that there is no issue with the fuses or circuit breaker. If the problem persists, it’s best to contact your local Carrier expert.