If you’re a homeowner in Columbia, you probably want an HVAC system that keeps you comfortable, performs well and has low energy costs. Here are the three most energy-efficient and high-performance HVAC systems as of 2019:
Geothermal Heat Pump
Ground source heat pumps are the most energy-efficient systems on the market. An Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of 12 or more is considered efficient, but geothermal units have EERs of up to 45. The equipment needs little maintenance, and the outdoor unit can last for 50 years. Geothermal systems draw heat from just below the ground where temperatures are stable at about 50°F. If you have ductwork, a geothermal system will save you more money on energy costs than any other system.
Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump
Mini-splits boast EERs of up to 20. They have an outdoor unit and up to eight indoor units. Each indoor unit heats and cools a specific room and has its own thermostat. Because you’re only heating and cooling the rooms you use, you’ll save on energy costs. Mini-splits don’t use ductwork so you won’t lose treated air through leaks. Because the system moves heat instead of producing it, your costs will be significantly lower than you’d pay with a furnace.
Standard Split System Heat Pump
Split system heat pumps that heat and cool your home are gaining in popularity over forced air central systems. These units can save you from 30 to 40 percent on heating costs compared to even high-efficiency furnaces. Inverter compressors in variable-capacity units can increase efficiency even more. During Columbia’s mild winters, air source heat pumps can keep your home warm and cozy.
At Cassell Brothers Heating & Cooling, we know that choosing the right system for your home can be difficult. As part of our HVAC services, we offer complementary HVAC installation consultations to help you make the best choice. Call us today to schedule an appointment.