A heat pump provides your home with an affordable and extremely efficient form of heat by using refrigerant in outside coils and evaporating heat from the air. This, in turn, creates a gas, and the indoor coils release heat from the refrigerant as the gas turns back into the refrigerant. You can reverse the process to cool your home instead when the weather in New Jersey turns warm. There are four factors you should consider when choosing a heat pump: Find one that has a demand-defrost control. The number of defrost cycles will be minimal and you won’t have to rely on your secondary heat source as often. If adding a heat pump to an already existing electric furnace, place the heat pump coil on the upstream side of the furnace to allow for better efficiency. Install the outdoor unit on the side of the house that has the least amount of activity. The fan and compressor can be loud, and you don’t want to disturb anyone while it’s running. Heat pumps usually have a decibel rating on them. Aim to find one that is 7.6 decibels or lower. While you want to keep noise at a minimum, heat pumps should be placed where they are safe from high winds. Wind could cause problems with defrosting. Contact Pipe Works Services For more information on choosing a heat pump for your home. Our trained staff can help you determine what model would work best for your home, assist you with the installation process, and educate you about your unit. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about choosing a heat pump and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!