Can a Heat Pump Keep Up with Harsh Illinois Winters?
Heat pumps are an energy efficient way to both heat and cool your Lake Villa, IL home. They move warm air to cooler spaces rather than converting electricity directly to heat and consume far less energy than electric resistance heaters to produce an equal amount of heat. In moderate climates, they can keep a home comfortable throughout the year without any additional components.
Colder Climate Use
Average low temperatures in northern Illinois can dip into the low teens in December and January. Some devices will not heat a home adequately or efficiently when it’s that cold outside. A quality HVAC service provider can assist in finding one to suit the climate in your region. In areas with extremely cold winters, they can be paired with a furnace to provide increased comfort and energy efficiency.
The heating efficiency of a heat pump is measured by HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Simply defined, HSPF is the ratio of heat output in BTUs to watt-hours of electricity used within a season. Higher HSPF ratings translate directly to higher energy efficiency.
These devices are also rated with a measure called SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) because they are used to cool homes in the summer. This is a measure of a unit’s energy efficiency in cooling a home. HSPF and SEER ratings are not directly related, but generally a device with a high SEER rating for cooling will also provide more efficient heating as well.
There is a wide range of available efficiency ratings for both heating and cooling. Choosing the right components for your home can be challenging. To compare options, take a look at Herchenbach Mechanical’s variety of heat pumps or call 847-227-1426. Our HVAC service professionals can assist you in choosing the perfect equipment and accessories to suit the size of your home.