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We pay 4X more in winter than in summer to run the heat pumps in our all electric house. How can we set them to minimize heating costs?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:13 AM
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There is a feature we have heard about that allows us to set the temperature we want and then the heating system starts early enough to reach that temperature by the time we need it without using the heat strips. These heat strips apparently account for the huge difference between our summer AC and dead-of-winter heating costs. We are told that the heat pump's ability to extract cooling from the outside air "maxes out" at about 104 degrees, and in winter, the system must use the auxiliary strips at about 30 degrees and below. We like the versatility of the heat pump (if not the complexity) but do we have any options? Our units are about 16 years old and may need replacing soon although they are top of the 1994 line and running great.




 

 

There is a feature we have heard about that allows us to set the temperature we want and then the heating system starts early enough to reach that temperature by the time we need it without using the heat strips. These heat strips apparently account for the huge difference between our summer AC and dead-of-winter heating costs. We are told that the heat pump's ability to extract cooling from the outside air "maxes out" at about 104 degrees, and in winter, the system must use the auxiliary strips at about 30 degrees and below. We like the versatility of the heat pump (if not the complexity) but do we have any options? Our units are about 16 years old and may need replacing soon although they are top of the 1994 line and running great.

You have my sympathies. All electric homes can be extremely expensive to operate if the home wasn’t designed with a thermal envelope that significantly reduces heat loss/gain.

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