Understanding Heat Pump Balance

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Before you install a pump, it is important to understand how it works as well as the important terminologies that are related to it. One of the things that you need to understand is heat pump balance.

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Understanding Heat Pump Balance

  1. 1. Understanding Heat PumpUnderstanding Heat Pump BalanceBalance Brought to you by: www.cascademechanical.com
  2. 2. Understanding Heat Pump Balance Before you install a pump, it is important toBefore you install a pump, it is important to understand how it works as well as the importantunderstand how it works as well as the important terminologies that are related to it. One of thingsterminologies that are related to it. One of things that you need to understand is heat pump balance.that you need to understand is heat pump balance. It is a nest learning thermostat feature which letsIt is a nest learning thermostat feature which lets you choose the amount of auxiliary heat to use inyou choose the amount of auxiliary heat to use in your home according to your preference for comfortyour home according to your preference for comfort or savings. When it is set to cooling mode, the heator savings. When it is set to cooling mode, the heat pump balance will no longer apply.pump balance will no longer apply.
  3. 3. Understanding Heat Pump Balance It is usually more efficient compared to many otherIt is usually more efficient compared to many other heating systems, but they usually take longer toheating systems, but they usually take longer to heat your home when it gets colder outside.heat your home when it gets colder outside. To enhance their efficiency, they are usually pairedTo enhance their efficiency, they are usually paired with auxiliary heat that is much less efficient but itwith auxiliary heat that is much less efficient but it turns on when it seems not to be working efficientlyturns on when it seems not to be working efficiently on its own. Unfortunately, the auxiliary heat is quiteon its own. Unfortunately, the auxiliary heat is quite expensive. It is going to cost you about five timesexpensive. It is going to cost you about five times the price of the normal pump.the price of the normal pump.
  4. 4. Understanding Heat Pump Balance It also comes on much later on when the pumpIt also comes on much later on when the pump could have already attained the efficiency that iscould have already attained the efficiency that is needed.needed. Some thermostats have one way of controlling theSome thermostats have one way of controlling the auxiliary heat, and this is by using the AUX lockoutauxiliary heat, and this is by using the AUX lockout temperature. In the event that the AUX lockouttemperature. In the event that the AUX lockout temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the auxiliarytemperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the auxiliary heat comes on.heat comes on.
  5. 5. Understanding Heat Pump Balance The pump balance clears any worries you might beThe pump balance clears any worries you might be having about the AUX lockout temperature. All youhaving about the AUX lockout temperature. All you will need to do is to choose whether you want morewill need to do is to choose whether you want more comfort or more savings and the nest thermostatcomfort or more savings and the nest thermostat will adjust the lockout temp as required.will adjust the lockout temp as required. The pump balance helps you monitor how well yourThe pump balance helps you monitor how well your pump is working in relation to the current weather. Itpump is working in relation to the current weather. It uses these details to minimize the use of theuses these details to minimize the use of the auxiliary heatauxiliary heat
  6. 6. Understanding Heat Pump Balance and it also helps you predict how best to use it inand it also helps you predict how best to use it in future. For instance, the pump balance willfuture. For instance, the pump balance will automatically turn the heat on early in order to allowautomatically turn the heat on early in order to allow the heat pump enough time to attain efficiencythe heat pump enough time to attain efficiency without necessarily using auxiliary heat.without necessarily using auxiliary heat. Therefore, if according to your schedule theTherefore, if according to your schedule the temperature is supposed to be 70 degreestemperature is supposed to be 70 degrees Fahrenheit at 7 pm, the pump is going to use itsFahrenheit at 7 pm, the pump is going to use its Early-On technology to start heating at around 6pm.Early-On technology to start heating at around 6pm.
  7. 7. Understanding Heat Pump Balance When the temperature drops below the balanceWhen the temperature drops below the balance point, the heat pump will no longer be able to pullpoint, the heat pump will no longer be able to pull enough heat from the outdoors in order to heat yourenough heat from the outdoors in order to heat your home. During that time, you will be required tohome. During that time, you will be required to engage your backup heat.engage your backup heat. The balance point for most homes is usually 30The balance point for most homes is usually 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Energy efficient homes usuallydegrees Fahrenheit. Energy efficient homes usually have a lower balance point compared to those thathave a lower balance point compared to those that do not have proper insulationdo not have proper insulation
  8. 8. Understanding Heat Pump Balance among other energy efficient features. You shouldamong other energy efficient features. You should only use supplement heat from the backup systemonly use supplement heat from the backup system to boost the system when the temperature fallsto boost the system when the temperature falls below the balance point. Knowing your balancebelow the balance point. Knowing your balance point will save you money and will also help you getpoint will save you money and will also help you get the most out of your heat pump .the most out of your heat pump . For more info, Visit us atFor more info, Visit us at http://cascademechanical.com/http://cascademechanical.com/
  9. 9. Understanding Heat PumpUnderstanding Heat Pump BalanceBalance Brought to you by: www.cascademechanical.com
  10. 10. Understanding Heat PumpUnderstanding Heat Pump BalanceBalance Brought to you by: www.cascademechanical.com

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