How to Properly Use a Heat Pump to Save Money

Posted: 2019-04-02

All About the Lennox Elite® Series XP14 Heat Pump

Heat pumps are a great way to either heat or cool your home. A properly sized and installed unit can help you lower your utility bills by as much as 30 to 40 percent. Since these systems only move heat from the air or the ground rather than produce it, they use less energy.

Four Seasons Air Specialists, your trusted HVAC company in Shoreview MN, gives you helpful tips on how to use a heat pump wisely to help you save money on energy.

Use Emergency Heat Only as a Last Resort

Most homeowners make the mistake of using the “emergency heat” setting on the thermostat, especially when it gets extremely cold. Since this setting reduces the energy-efficiency and results in higher energy bills, emergency heat should only be used when absolutely necessary, like if the heat pump is not working at all.

A good alternative is to use a supplemental heat source to ensure your home’s comfort. This is a more economical way to consider because your heat pump will still be using heat from the outside to heat your home.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Some homeowners turn their heat pump off at night to save energy. That may work for some days depending on the outside temperature, but using a programmable thermostat makes it more efficient and less cumbersome for you. When it’s cold outside, use a programmable thermostat to set the temperature 6 to 8 degrees lower while sleeping, a simple yet effective way to lower your energy usage without having to compromise your comfort levels.

Features of the Lennox Elite® Series XP14 Heat Pump

With an efficiency rating of up to 16.00 SEER / 9.50 HSPF, this product can save you hundreds of dollars each year, compared to a standard heat pump.

The XP14 heat pump comes with a 10-Year Limited Warranty on compressor and a 5-Year Limited Warranty on covered components. This heat pump may be eligible for valuable 10-Year Limited Extended Warranty coverage with product registration.

The XP14 is certified by ENERGY STAR®. Such products are the same or better than standard products, only they use less energy. To earn the ENERGY STAR label, furnaces must meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the US Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Department of Energy. Since they use less energy, these products save you money on your electricity bill and help protect the environment by causing fewer harmful emissions from power plants. And you get the features and quality you expect.

Its precision-engineered scroll compressor has a special compressor sound-dampening system that assures smooth, quiet operation.

Its High-Efficiency Outdoor Coil provides exceptional heat transfer and low air resistance for high-efficiency operation.

The XP14’s precision-balanced direct-drive fan delivers quiet operation with a patented-pending fan design.

Its high-efficiency outdoor coil provides exceptional heat transfer and low air resistance for high-efficiency operation.

It is designed to work with the Humiditrol whole-home dehumidification system.

The XP14’s sound levels as low as 71 dB are much quieter than a standard heat pump.

When the XP14 is installed with a compatible Elite® furnace, it creates a system that can switch back and forth between electricity and gas automatically, based on whichever is most cost-efficient in your area.

It uses a PermaGuard Cabinet, which is a heavy-gauge, galvanized steel construction, louver coil guard, baked-on powder finish and durable zinc-coated steel base provides long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion.

SmartHinge louver design allows quick, easy access to interior components from all sides for cleaning and maintenance. It protects coils from damage and provides a clean appearance.

Its chlorine-free R-410A refrigerant provides exceptional comfort without exacting a costly environmental toll.

Drainage holes prevent damaging moisture from collecting inside the basepan.

Ask the HVAC Pros

A heat pump will only work efficiently if it is properly installed. Four Seasons Air Specialists has teams of qualified and highly trained HVAC professionals who know heat pumps inside and out. As an acknowledgment to our excellence in delivering the best HVAC solutions, Lennox Industries has awarded us the “Premier Dealer” classification, an honor given only to outstanding contractors that carry out top-notch customer service and workmanship. We are your leading Circle Pines heating and air conditioning company serving you for more than 40 years.