So you’re in the market for a heat pump system. Congratulations! More and more home owners in HRM are joining the heat pump revolution every year.
In this article we want to discuss why the heat pump that appears to be the best deal when shopping around is not always so in the long run. In other words, often the more expensive heat pump system is the least expensive when you look back over four or five years of operation.
How’s that you say?
Well with superior efficiency ratings and warranties higher quality brands might cost a bit more upfront but almost always have lower cost of operation and less service and repair related expenses over the life time of the unit.
Efficiency is King
If you’re considering a heat pump to cut down on your home heating costs, as most Nova Scotians are, then efficiency is one of the most important points to consider.
A more efficient unit, everything else such as size being equal, will cost less to operate each month during those colder winter months, especially when it dips below -10° C.
Where some units may struggle to produce enough heat for your home when it’s -20°C outside a better quality system, which may cost more upfront, will still keep your home warm and comfortable without the need to turn on those baseboard heaters.
Of course the goal is to never have to make a warranty claim. After all, when equipment such as your car or your heat pump needs servicing it’s a pain in the butt. It’s common that as a mechanical piece of equipment gets older the chances of an issue arising increases. So having longer coverage on the major components of your heat pump is a good idea to reduce unwanted expenses later in its life.
Be sure to compare the warranty of both the outdoor unit and compressor as well as parts and labour on all of the heat pumps your evaluating on your journey.
This final point is something we’ve run into often as one of HRM’s leading heat pump contractors. If you receive three quotes for a heat pump system and one of the prices seems almost too good to be true, always check to ensure that contractor is quoting you an equivalent size system.
Heat pumps are sized in BTU’s. Most times you’ll see something like “Fujitsu RLS3 12,000 BTU or 15,000 BTU”. Make sure those BTU sizes are the same. This is one of the most important stats to ensure the heat pump you’re considering is properly sized for your home.
If someone is quoting a smaller sized system the price will likely be lower than the other contractors. However, in the long run that smaller sized heat pump is not going to do the job you need and will end up costing you quite a bit more each winter to keep your home warm.
How can you know you’re getting a heat pump that’s right for your home?
Well there are a couple of things you can do. First you can download a copy of our “Consumers Guide to Heat Pumps” report. This is available digitally as well as in hard copy here.
The report will walk you through what to look for in a quality heat pump contractor.
Second, you can contact us to arrange an in-home assessment with one of our Home Energy Specialists. Our experts see 20-30 homes every week and know what systems work best in almost every type of home stye and layout. These in-home assessments are risk free and will tell you what system will work best for you.
You can arrange an in-home assessment by submitting the form on this page or giving us a call today.
Want to learn more about how to choose the right heat pump contractor? Request your free copy of “The Consumers Guide to Heat Pumps in Nova Scotia” today.