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comparison of the energy use of heat pumps and central electric furnaces

Paul G. Cooper

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Published by Tennessee Valley Authority, Division of Energy Conservation and Rates, Planning and Communications Staff, Market Research Section in Chattanooga, Tenn .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Heat pumps -- Energy conservation.,
  • Electric furnaces -- Energy consumption.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementprepared by Paul G. Cooper and Rita L. Cole.
    ContributionsCole, Rita L., Tennessee Valley Authority. Division of Energy Conservation & Rates. Planning and Communications Staff. Market Research Section.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination71 p. :
    Number of Pages71
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17664054M

      Heat pumps are a good deal more efficient than electric furnaces under all circumstances. The only place an electric heater makes sense in a residential context is in a bathroom to warm it up before a shower or to warm your feet under your desk. E.


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comparison of the energy use of heat pumps and central electric furnaces by Paul G. Cooper Download PDF EPUB FB2

Get this from a library. A comparison of the energy use of heat pumps and central electric furnaces. [Paul G Cooper; Rita L Cole; Tennessee Valley Authority. Division of Energy Conservation & Rates. Planning and Communications Staff. Market Research Section.]. A heat pump uses less electricity than a typical electric furnace.

If you have a heat pump that uses electric backup heat, it probably uses electric heat strips, which use a lot of electricity. Depending on how cold your winters are, you may not use this often. Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than furnaces because transferring heat is easier than making it.

Under ideal conditions, a heat pump can transfer percent more energy than it consumes. In contrast, a high-efficiency comparison of the energy use of heat pumps and central electric furnaces book furnace is about 90 percent efficient. Furnace benefits. Furnaces are typically cheaper compared to heat pumps, but the price varies depending on unit size and you prefer hot, toasty temperatures inside your home, a furnace might be the better option for you.

While heat pumps are more energy efficient, furnaces have fewer moving parts, which means there’s less heating repair and maintenance involved and fewer. Depending upon the furnace between 5 percent and 30 percent of the efficiency is lost when converting propane or fuel oil to heat.

When shopping for a furnace compare the energy-efficiency ratio. That is provided the heat pump is similarly sized to the electric furnace. Similarly, in BTU size, the heat pump will use less electricity than the electric furnace.

Depending on the size of the system and taking an educated guess using experience a heat pump will draw 10 to 20 amps while the electric furnace is drawing over 30 amps.

Electric Heat pumps are different from furnaces in one big way. There is no pilot light or combustion involved. Instead, external heat, pulled from outside or the ground, flows into the home.

A compressor takes heat from the outside and uses a refrigerant to convert it into gas. For example, an oil-electric furnace uses the electric elements during the majority of the furnace use, while the oil fuel is used during peak heating times in order to lower costs. In addition, electric furnaces often are paired with heat pumps, air handlers or added as the heating component to an air conditioner.

The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. Today's heat pump can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces and baseboard heaters. HomeAdvisor's Heat Pump and Air Conditioning Guide defines and compares cooling with heat pumps, central air units, and ductless mini split combo systems.

Calculate costs and efficiency levels of a conventional ac unit versus an air source hvac heat pump. Here is where the heat pump vs furnace discussion really becomes clear. A furnace uses a fuel to generate its own source of heat and then circulates this heat throughout your house.

There are many types of furnaces, including gas furnaces, oil furnaces and electric furnaces, all of which have their pros and cons but essentially accomplish the. homes will be lower than for heat pumps in these states. (We did not look at new construction where using electric heat and hot water can avoid the need to install gas service.) For cold states further development of cold-temperature electric heat pumps and gas-fired heat pumps will be useful from an energy point of view.

Likewise, heat pumpFile Size: KB. Pros of gas furnaces. Less expensive than heat pumps. Although you will need to upgrade your air conditioner separately to get the same year-round savings. Can be very energy efficient.

Gas furnaces can be up rated up to 97% AFUE, which means they convert 97% of the gas they consume into heat. Cons of gas furnaces. Not as energy efficient as. While essentially identical in cooling mode, heating mode is a completely different story. Air conditioners do not provide heating, but heat pumps do.

Thanks to a reversing valve in the outdoor unit, a heat pump can absorb heat energy from outside air, even in extremely cold temperatures, and transfer the heat inside the home, where it releases. Household Heating Systems: Although several different types of fuels are available to heat our homes, nearly half of us use natural gas.

| Source: Buildings Energy Data Book Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home -- typically making up about 42% of your utility bill. When comparing a heat pump vs.

an electric heat unit, you'll notice heat pumps don't use electricity for the actual heating-and-cooling process, but for running the fans and pumps only. This makes heat pumps a more efficient way of maintaining a constant temperature, helping you save up to 75 percent more on your heating bill.

Electric furnaces convert nearly all of their energy into heat, while gas furnaces can vary. Gas furnaces generally heat homes more quickly than electric furnaces, despite lower efficiency. Higher efficiency can be gained in a gas furnace with an alternative to the traditional pilot light such as an intermittent, direct spark, or hot surface.

This is the most efficient two-stage heat pump on the market, demonstrating Lennox’s success in producing units with the highest energy efficiency on the market. It’s one of just a few 2-stage models on the Energy Star Most Efficient heat pump list.

Efficiency: Up to SEER, EER and HSPF, Energy Star. Traditional electric furnaces are an outdated form of heating. They rely on electric-resistance heating elements (similar to those of toasters and common small infrared portable heaters) to provide heat, which is then blown by a fan and - in the case of central systems - distributed through the home’s ductwork.

Even at 32 degrees, a heat pump can often have a COP of 3. This means it is three times as efficient as electric resistance heat (baseboard or electric air handler “furnace”), or uses one third of the electricity. If you apply that to your math, you will see why heat pumps are more efficient that propane.

Heat pumps move heat rather than generate it, so they can heat and cool for significantly less cost than other systems, such as furnaces and central air conditioners.

Types of Heat Pumps. The low cost of electric heating systems may explain part of why they are more common in milder climates, as well as limitations on gas infrastructure. UK Heating Cost Comparison.

In the UK electric heating is the most expensive by some margin. For this comparison we’ll use the default units of pence/kWh of usable heat.

The difference in efficiency between geothermal heat pumps and propane furnaces can have major cost implications for homeowners. In a mild climate zone, an average homeowner may require 50 million British thermal units of heat each winter.

Heat Pump vs Furnace: Cost of an Electric Heat Pump Compared to a Gas Furnace. Generally, electric heat pumps tend to cost more than gas furnaces. However, one thing you need to consider is whether or not you’ll a need backup heat source.

On the coldest nights, heat pumps sometimes require a backup heat source. Air conditioning and heat pump energy efficiency is measured by SEER which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER rating the more efficient your AC unit is and the less energy it consumes.

Take a few minutes to use this Savings Calculator to find out how much money you can save in one year and in 20 years. I've seen heat pumps in Maine and furnaces in Florida. Electricity vs.

gas rates. Within a single climate zone, it may make the most sense to put in a gas furnace in one location and a heat pump in another. Natural gas rates have been really low for a few years now, but that hasn't killed the electric heat pump. Look at Georgia, for example.

Tempstar offers heating and cooling systems for residential and light commercial applications that are energy efficient and practical. From central air conditioners to heat pump systems and mini splits in various efficiency ranges and BTU capacities. For further details on specific Tempstar central AC and heating systems see the menu below.

My Mitsubishi Cuba heat pump has been delivering heat my new sq ft house all winter faithfully for two years now.

There are a couple of secrets about heat pumps: 1. Multistage heat pumps are twice as efficient when running in "low" mode, which means when the room temperature is within 1 deg C/2 deg F of the set (or target temperature). Compare Home Heating Costs Use this tool to estimate what your annual heating costs would be using different heating systems.

Look for the row that best describes your current heating system then press the Increase or Decrease buttons until the Annual Cost approximates yours.

Electric heat pumps have a number of advantages over traditional gas furnaces but they both have good and bad points. If you live in a cold area, a gas furnace may be the best choice for your home, whereas a heat pump will be more cost effective in a hot climate.

An older gas furnace with a pilot light has an efficiency of only 65 percent. Heat Pump is better than Electric heater. Output from heater is direct conversion of Electrical Energy. I KW heater converts 1 KW electrical energy to 1 KW heat.

In heat pump electrical input is for pumping heat from lower level to higher level. It is the best dual fuel gas/electric package unit available.

Here’s how it works. The heat pump provides heat whenever temperatures are above the mids F. This is because heat pumps are more energy efficient than furnaces.

However, as temperatures drop to near and below freezing, a heat pump can’t pull sufficient heat from the outside air. Taxpayers who upgrade their homes to make use of renewable energy may be eligible for a tax credit to offset some of the costs.

Through the tax year, the federal government offers the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit. The renewable energy tax credits are good through and then are reduced each year through the end of Claim the credits by filing Form with your tax return. A new home or apartment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the US EPA.

ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments use significantly less energy than typical new homes and apartments while delivering better comfort, quality, and durability. There are several different ways to heat your home.

Here in the Atlanta area, most people select one of three different options: gas furnaces, heat pumps, or dual fuel heating systems. All three have their pros and cons. Let's have a look at the differences.

If you use natural gas or propane to heat your home in winter, you have a gas furnace. Standard Forced Air Furnaces; Heat Pump Central Air Conditioning (Electric Heat and Cool) ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATIO. The measure of air conditioner efficiency at its maximum load to. Built-In Heater Coil Air Conditioning w/ Electric Heat, PTAC.

BTU CALCULATOR. Propane furnaces rely on liquid propane and use a standard combustion process to generate heat energy within the furnace. Propane furnaces are relatively easy to install and extremely flexible.

Heat pumps produce heat at around 95 degrees Fahrenheit while propane furnaces produce heat at degrees Fahrenheit. Reciprocating compressors use a piston to compress the refrigerant. Rotary compressors utilize a roller rotating eccentrically inside a cylinder and a spring mounted blade always rubbing against the roller.

As the eccentric rotates towards the blade, the space is decreased and the refrigerant is compressed. Rotary compressors are very efficient.

Data from the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that the majority of American households use one of three types of equipment as their main source of heat during the winter: natural gas furnaces, electric furnaces, or electric heat pumps.

The range of equipment and fuels, however, varies across and within U.S. climate regions. The use of secondary heating sources, such. A dual-fuel system uses two energy sources—an electric heat pump and a gas furnace—to provide the ideal combination of efficiency and comfort.

The system seamlessly alternates between gas and electricity, depending on outdoor conditions. SEE HOW IT WORKS. Packaged System.

If your home is built on a crawlspace, instead of a basement, a. 1 Select a product category of interest to you. 2 Get details on specific qualifying models.

3 Make informed purchasing decisions. Find product models that have earned the ENERGY STAR and compare features, savings and more to optimize your purchase. Visit the Geothermal Heat Pumps page for usage tips and buying guidelines.

From this, you might conclude that electric heating must be more expensive, but this is not necessarily the case due to a very important piece of technology: the electric air-source heat pump. A heat pump costs a little more than a gas furnace (around $8, vs. $5, after rebates), but it is vastly more energy-efficient.

In fact, while a.Heat pumps do not burn anything to provide heat energy, so other then the very small amount of electrical energy required for the compressor to operate, there are no additional carbon emissions. Compare this to the combustion process of wood burners which cause fumes, soot and smoke, creating a major burden on the environment in terms of its.