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Heat Pump Buyer's Guide for Raleigh NC

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Buying a heat pump system in the greater Raleigh area could be a very wise decision.

Heat pump technology has advanced rapidly, and today’s amazing heat pumps are 2.2 to 4.5 times more efficient than gas furnaces. They are a perfect fit for the hot summers and mild winters that we experience here in North Carolina.

The experts at Scott Comfort Systems can answer all your questions, help you find and install the right HVAC systems for your home, and keep them running smoothly.

Consider these Key Factors that will affect your choice of a new HVAC System in the Raleigh area.

The style, size and age of your home will have a direct impact on the complexity and labor required to install a heat pump system. Larger homes will need larger units or multiple systems. Your home may have hard-to-access spots, and historic homes may need retrofitting. Improving insulation can help your home better retain the heat or cool, so you could use less energy to maintain comfort.

A key product feature is the efficiency rating of your new heat pump system. A higher SEER2 rating (for cooling) and a higher HSPF2 rating (for heating) will mean increased energy efficiency and lower monthly bills. You can also build out your system with optional features to increase your family's comfort. These could include zoning systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air cleaners, and smart thermostats.

Where you live affects the product choices and the efficiency levels you will need in your HVAC systems. A colder, northern climate requires more heating, while a warmer, southern climate like ours requires more cooling. The wrong system won’t keep your family comfortable, and it will likely cost more to operate. Heat pumps can be a excellent choice if you live in the greater Raleigh area.

Ductwork distributes heated and cooled air throughout your home. You get more comfort and spend less per month on energy when ductwork is designed and installed well. New ductwork can cost $3,000 - $10,000 depending on system size, project extent, labor, and materials. Mini-split heat pumps, designed for individual rooms or smaller spaces, do not require ductwork.

Heat Pump Topics to Discuss with Your HVAC Contractor
  • Installation and Maintenance - Ensure that your heat pump is installed by a qualified professional to guarantee proper performance and warranty coverage. Regular maintenance, including filter cleaning, coil inspection, and refrigerant checks, is essential to keep your heat pump running efficiently. Scott Comfort Systems will visit your home and help you select the right heat pump system to meet your needs. Call us today to request your free quote.
  • Energy Efficiency - Look for a heat pump with a high "Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio" (SEER2) for cooling and a high "Heating Seasonal Performance Factor" (HSPF2) for heating. Higher SEER2 and HSPF2 ratings indicate greater energy efficiency. Opting for an ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump will ensure it meets strict efficiency standards.
  • Stages - Quieter and more efficient heat pumps run at different stages (or speeds). Some heat pump systems have up to 750 different speeds, others run at 2 speeds, and less expensive models run at 1 speed.
  • Noise Levels - Check the noise ratings of the heat pump outdoor units you are considering. Look for models with lower decibel (dBA) ratings if noise is a concern, especially if the unit will be located near bedrooms or other living areas.
  • Humidity Control - Maintaining the proper humidity in your home is very important for your comfort in both winter and summer. A properly sized heat pump should control warm weather humidity levels in your home. Some homes may need an add-on humidifier for cold winter months.
  • Dual fuel systems - Dual fuel systems are becoming very popular in NC. They are a combination HVAC system which include both a heat pump and a gas furnace. The dual fuel system uses the heat pump for heating and cooling when outdoor temperatures are 35°F and higher, and then the system automatically switches to the gas furnace when outdoor temperatures are colder. Dual fuel systems are great for any type of climate, and they operate efficiently year-round. Plus, because each piece only works when it's optimal, dual fuel systems have a life expectancy between 20 and 25 years when properly maintained.
  • Smart Thermostats - Adding a smart, programmable thermostat to your heat pump system is a great way to regulate temperatures more efficiently. In addition, smart thermostats offer increased convenience, including the ability to control your system from your sofa or even when you're away from home via your smart phone.
  • Cost Considerations - Besides the up front cost, consider the long-term savings and payback period. Energy-efficient heat pumps can significantly reduce your utility bills over time. Explore available rebates, tax incentives, and Financing Offers to make your purchase more affordable.
  • Warranty - Review the warranty details offered by the equipment manufacturer. A longer warranty period indicates the manufacturer's confidence in their product. Additionally, research the reputation of the brand for reliability and customer service. Scott Comfort Systems offers one of the best HVAC guarantees in the business.

Two Frequently Recommended Trane® Heat Pumps
High efficiency heat pumps, like the Trane XV20i and the Trane XL17i, are excellent choices for the Raleigh area. They can operate in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit. And for those days when temperatures get unusually cold, we recommend a supplemental gas furnace or electric heat to keep your comfort high and your energy costs low. Call us today to learn more.

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Up to $2,000 Federal Tax Credit for Heat Pumps

Starting in 2023, under the Inflation Reduction Act*, homeowners may be eligible for a Federal income tax credit of 30% of the cost, up to $2,000, for heat pumps in accordance with section 25C of the US tax code. IMPORTANT: Only certain heat pump models qualify for the tax credit, and you must have a tax liability from which to reduce your taxes. Consult your tax advisor for advice.

*The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is the largest ever climate investment by the Federal Government in American history, projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 31% to 44% below the 2005 levels by 2030.

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