Split System Heat Pumps

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Split system heat pumps are a highly desirable option for homes that need cooling and heating. Small, neat and efficient, these units can deliver the goods with hardly any intrusion to the way our homes look. What's more important though, split system heat pumps are among the easiest home cooling and heating equipment to install.

The heat exchange unit for a split system air conditioning unit is situated outside the building. Usually they use the necessary heat for their energy exchange from the atmosphere, so heat pumps are usually more appropriate for areas where the temperature doesn't drop below 40°F in winter. If you live in a very cold area, you're better off looking at a different method of heating.

Versatile Split System Heat Pumps

Since a variety of configurations can be employed with split systems, they are more practical for smaller homes as well as larger ones. The efficiency of heat pumps is measured in units called Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER for short. The higher the SEER rating an appliance has, the more energy efficient it is. This is a significant issue for most homeowners, as in most areas electricity is a significant part of monthly household expenditures.

Some of the issues to consider when buying a heat pump are quietness of operation, reliable operation and length of warranty. If you don't like the look of your heat pump, this is usually not a huge issue. They're small enough to disguise quite successfully. Efficiency and quietness of operation are of far greater importance to the average household.

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