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I read a lot to stay on top of the HVAC industry in order to provide the type of top-rated service that earned us recognition by the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce as Small Business of the Year. In this blog post, I talk about a growing trend in the Northeast opening up energy- and cost-saving options for many homeowners and business owners.
If you own a ductless mini-split, you probably have heard the term heat pump. For the most part, consumers and many contractors aren’t fully aware of what today’s modern heat pumps can do . . . but that’s changing, according to a report by The NEWS, an HVAC industry newsletter HVACR decision-makers have trusted since 1926.
Michelle Robb, director of marketing at Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC® US, told The NEWS:
“We’re seeing wider recognition among homeowners and HVAC contractors of how modern heat pumps can condition homes of all different sizes and in a variety of climates—including colder climates in the Northeast and Midwest.”
How does a heat pump work?
There are several different types of heat pumps, including air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, and water-source heat pumps. Basically, they all do the same thing: move heat from one place to another.
Many HVAC professionals believe ductless mini-splits are the fastest growing category in the heat pump market. Ductless mini-spits use an air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between the inside of a dwelling and the outside air.
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The ductless heating and cooling systems market worldwide is estimated at $78.62 billion, and it’s expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 8 percent through 2021, according to MarketsandMarkets.
Cold-weather heat pumps
The game changer for the heat pump industry has been technological advances enabling these heating and cooling systems to perform efficiently and effectively in extremely cold temperatures.
At the core of Mitsubishi’s answer to a cold-weather heat pump is its Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology. Robb told The NEWS:“Our award-winning H2i® technology allows heat pumps to recover thermal energy that would otherwise be lost during the flash process. This means that heat pumps can deliver 100 percent heating capacity down to 5°.”
Many major competitors in the HVAC industry offer cold-weather heat pumps to meet demand in this growing market. For instance, Carrier® has a Comfort™series of energy-efficient heat pumps that provide summer dehumidification and air conditioning as well as cold-weather heating performance.
Today’s energy-efficient heat pumps can lower electricity use for heating by roughly 50% compared to such electric resistance heating as furnaces and baseboard heaters, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
With that level of energy savings, it’s no wonder these eco-friendly heating and cooling systems are gaining widespread popularity. Furthermore, heat pumps provide homeowners and business owners a clean, affordable option in cold-weather areas where natural gas isn’t available. Often, these customers must choose between oil and propane systems that have higher fuel costs to run.
The future . . . is here.
Heat pumps are more versatile in all-weather conditions, and they’re getting smarter. It’s now possible to get information delivered to your smartphone about how your system is operating, how much energy you’re saving, and when your system might fail.
Robb told The NEWS:“We’ll also see heat pumps continue to get smarter and more responsive as the industry expands the use of algorithms designed to personalize comfort, the use of apps kumo cloud® with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration, and as integrated sensors become more sophisticated,” said Robb.
Sensors? Yes. Robb said Mitsubishi has a 3D i-see Sensor that can recognize the heat location of people in a room and automatically adjust conditioning and airflow to provide ideal comfort. That’s personalized comfort!
For more information about how heat pumps can provide more energy-efficient heating and cooling for your home or business, contact us, and we’ll give you a free consultation.
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