You’re looking to buy a heat pump for your home, but you’re not sure which type to get. Do you choose the vertical or horizontal model? What are the benefits of each one? This blog post will answer these questions and more. We’ll start with an overview of what they both do, how they work, and why it matters if you live in a colder climate. Then we’ll look at some popular brands to see who’s got the best vertical vs horizontal models out there. Let’s dive in!
What are heat pumps?
A heat pump is an appliance that transfers thermal energy from one area to another. They are often used for heating and cooling buildings because the process of moving the thermal energy does not require a significant amount of electricity, which can be costly if you’re using it for air conditioning in hot climates. The most common type of heat pump is an air-source heat pump. They are used to transfer thermal energy from the outside air, through a duct system inside your home, and out of vents located in rooms you want to be heated.
Vertical vs Horizontal Heat Pumps
Both models have their pros and cons depending on where you live. If you’re living in an area that gets very cold during the winter (under 20 degrees Fahrenheit), you’ll want to go with a horizontal model. These heat pumps are more efficient at below-freezing temperatures because the fluid inside them is able to circulate throughout the entire system, allowing it to extract thermal energy from everywhere and transfer that into your home’s ducts. Vertical models don’t allow this as efficiently, as the fluid is only able to flow through a few tubes that are attached at one end.
In areas where temperatures never go below freezing, both models work fine and it’s usually based on which brand you want to go with since they all have similar efficiency ratings. That being said, if you live in an area where it snows during the winter, you’ll want to go with a vertical model. These heat pumps are designed and built specifically for colder climates (like northern states), so the tubes that transfer thermal energy inside them will be able to handle the weight of accumulated snowfall without breaking or cracking.
Can I get by with just one?
Many homes only have one heat pump – typically the vertical model. This is usually because they cost less than horizontal models and are easier to install. If you can afford it, however, it’s best to get both types of heat pumps that way you’re able to take advantage of their pros during different times throughout the year (i.e., a vertical model during the winter and a horizontal one during summer/fall).
Pros and cons of installing a new heat pump system
Installing a new heat pump system for your home can be costly, but it’s definitely worth the money if you’re looking to reduce energy bills. The more efficient they are at extracting thermal energy from the outside air and transferring that into rooms inside your house, the lower your monthly heating/cooling bill will be. We always recommend doing some research before buying a new appliance or system for your home to make sure it’s the right one for you.
How much electricity do heat pumps use?
Heat pumps use a lot of electricity, so you’ll definitely want to look at your monthly electric bill before deciding whether or not it’s worth getting one. If you’re living in an area with high electricity costs, they can definitely be worth it because their overall efficiency means that your bill won’t be as high during the winter (or summer).
How long do they last?
Heat pumps can easily last anywhere between 15-20 years if they are well maintained. If you have a warranty, this may even increase to 25 or 30 years depending on the brand/company that is providing it. If you’re living in an area that gets very cold during the winter, we always recommend getting a backup system just in case your heat pump breaks down during the coldest days of winter when you need it most (such as when there’s a polar vortex or another type of winter storm).
In conclusion, it’s important to know as much as you can about the different models and types of heat pumps so that you can buy one that will meet your needs – as well as take care of it throughout its lifetime. Whether you go with a horizontal or vertical model, make sure that it’s the right one for where you live so that you don’t have any issues with it during the winter.
Green Street HVAC can help you out in finding a heat pump that is suitable for your home’s heating needs.