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How to Integrate a Heat Pump into Your Existing Heating System

Posted by Mike Cappuccio on Aug 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM

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To improve the efficiency of your current heating system and to save money on heating costs, you may want to add a heat pump. There are a few different ways to use a heat pump to augment your existing heating system, and the right option varies based on your situation and your heating objectives. Here are some of the potential ways you may want to integrate a heat pump.

Bring Heat to New Spaces

A mini-split ductless heat pump offers the perfect solution if you want to heat or cool a room that is not connected to your central heating system. Heat pumps can also bring heat to areas that aren't reached by your wood burning stove. This includes attics, basements, new home additions, and other spaces. If you want to bring heat to a new space, a contractor can install a compressor outside your home and connect it to an indoor air handling unit located in the space where you want more heat.

Create Heating Zones

In some situations, your current heating system may reach every area in your home. However, if you only use part of your home, you may want to put an air handling unit connected to a heat pump in the part of your home that you use the most. This way, you can use the heat pump to provide efficient electrical heating and cooling in just that area, and you don't have to worry about heating or cooling the rest of your home. If you ever need to heat or cool all of your home, you can simply revert back to your old system.

Embrace a Hybrid System

With a hybrid system, you add a heat pump to your existing home heating system, and you also install integrated controls. The integrated controls automatically switch between the heat pump and your current heating system, based on temperatures you have selected.

For instance, if you have a heat pump that works very efficiently in temps down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit, you may want to set up the system so that it uses the heat pump by default, and then when the temps drop lower than -10, the system automatically switches to using your other heating method.

A hybrid heating system can save you between 30 and 50% on your heating bills, and in Massachusetts, you may be able to get a rebate to help cover the cost of installing integrated controls.

Connect to Ductwork

If your existing furnace is connected to ductwork, you can hook a new heat pump to the ducts. In this scenario, the heat pump still takes heat from the outside and releases it into your home, but it pushes the heat through the ductwork. This option eliminates the need for indoor air handling units.

However, if you don't want to connect to existing ductwork for any reason, you can rely on the ductless nature of most heat pumps. With this option, you connect the outdoor condenser to a number of indoor air handling units, and the system carries refrigerant through small flexible piping that runs from the outdoor unit to the indoor units.

Whether you opt for ducted, ductless, or mixed ducted, the system still works in the same way. The heat pump provides most of your heating needs, and your existing heating method kicks in as needed to maintain warmth and efficiency on very cold days.

Enjoy Heat Pump Benefits Today

If you're tired of inefficiency, need to bring heat to a new part of your home, want to lower your energy bills, or are curious about any of the other advantages offered by heat pumps, you should contact us today. At N.E.T.R., Inc., we are Mitsubishi Elite Diamond contractors, and we have been helping home and business owners improve their heating and cooling methods for years. We look forward to helping you save money while improving your comfort levels.

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