What to Consider When Buying a Heat Pump

Looking at heat pump prices and knowing the best one for you will need some research and fore planning. There are some things you should consider before buying your new pump.

First of all is the kind you would want to use. There are basically two kinds, the air source pumps and the geothermal pumps. Air source pumps use outside air as the heat source or heat sink. They are more commonly used because they cost less and are also easier to install. Geothermal pumps, which use ground heat, cost more to purchase and install but provide the benefit of using less energy than air source pumps.

Next factors to consider are the pump’s model and size. Buying from well-reputed retailers always means good quality products with warranty to back it up. The size should be considered as it can mean a lot in improving energy efficiency. Be sure to buy a pump that can adequately maintain your home at a comfortable temperature.

Prices can also be affected by any additional cost excluding the unit’s price, including warranty extensions. Some companies automatically add installation fees of the pumps to the purchasing cost, while others charge extra. But despite the additional charge, it is always recommended for buyers to have a professional install their pumps to prevent hassle and defects later on. Around 85 percent of problems are caused by incorrect installments.

While researching in the internet can help, it is advisable to ask around for other’s opinion before purchasing your pump. Friends, family, dealers and installers can give you information about recommended pumps, places and season where you can get the best prices, and maybe even let you in on inside deals.

While most prices advertised are usually final, sometimes negotiations can be made. This is especially true during promotional seasons and discount sales. They tend to go out of season during the summer months, and will usually sell less until the time the weather cools down again.

So when it comes to buying one, always remember to keep your options open for the unit that will suit your needs. Just because it is an expensive heat pump doesn’t mean that it is the right one for your home.

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