Understanding Balance Point & Your Heat Pump

Trustworthy information about running an efficient heat pump in Inland Empire is difficult to come by.  Even among HVAC professionals, misinformation abounds confusing consumers.  However, the key to understanding heat pump efficiency is connected to a little-known phrase—balance point.  When customers ask the professionals at Design Air about heat pumps, here is some of the information we provide them.

What Is Balance Point?

Two widely misunderstood concepts are heat pump capacity and heat pump load. Although they sound similar, they have distinct differences.  Your heat pump’s capacity refers to the amount of heating or cooling your unit can provide.  Heat pump load designates how much cooling or heating your house requires.  Knowing and understanding these two figures can allow you to find the lowest degree that your HVAC heat pump system can handle without using supplemental heat sources.  This optimal point between your heat capacity and the load is called the balance point.

Balance points will vary from house to house.  Heat pump unit size, HVAC system design, and the build your home all effect balance point.  When you have found your system’s balance point, you will be able to set your air-source heat pump settings at cost-effective temperatures.  The lower your balance point is, the more efficient your system will be.

When considering which heat pump to purchase, determine how large of a unit you will need for your home.  Consult with a professional to find the best HVAC design for your house.  They will be able to help you understand initial installation costs and lifetime savings. Finally, investigate different ways to improve your home’s efficiency.

If you would like more detailed expert advice about air-source heat pump settings, please feel free the HVAC professionals Design Air.  We’ve been in the business of providing temperate home comfort throughout the Inland Empire area for over 17 years.  Let us use our experience to help you save money on your HVAC system.

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