How to Add a Heat Pump to Your Electric Furnace
Adding a heat pump to your electric furnace assures you hot air in the cold winters and refreshing cold air in the hot season. A heat pump is normally composed by 2 units, one that acts as furnace, on the inside, and another unit on the outside that acts like a conditioner. If you already have an electric furnace inside your house, only the outside unit of the heat pump is required.
Step 1 – Pick the Right Heat Pump
Heat pumps are of different types and capacities, so, based on the electric furnace you already have, pick a suitable heat pump to work with it. Best idea is to go to a specialized store and ask for information there regarding which heat pump model would work perfectly with your furnace. The most important aspects you’ll need to consider are heating and cooling capacity and energy consumption.
Step 2 – Finding a Good Place for the Heat Pump
As mentioned before, a heat pump consists of 2 units, and indoor one and an outdoor one, with the connection between the two being made using pipes. Since your electric furnace as acts as the indoor unit, the outside unit of the heat pump should be placed close to the position of the indoor unit, so the pipe track is as simple as possible.
Step 3 – Connecting the Heat Pump to the Furnace
Now that you got your 2 units in place, find the best spot in the wall to run the pipes trough. Dig a hole and insert the pipes, connecting them to the units. Trough that hole you’ll also need to run the power cord for the heat pump. Just as the case of electric furnaces, remember that a heat pump is a high energy consumer, so having special heavy duty wiring is highly recommended. Use insulation materials to fit around the pipes and trough the hole so you won’t have wind blowing into your house. Be very careful when making duct joints because leaks may occur if improper connections are made, and you’ll literally end up spending money on air.
Step 4 – Things You Should Know
Being an outdoor unit, just like an air conditioner unit, it needs protection for the fan, so be sure no obstacles are placed in front of the fan, or you’ll experience very poor performance from your heat pump. Another important thing you need to be aware of is that a heat pump uses refrigerated gas in a closed circuit for cooling. If leaks occur, after fixing the problem be sure to check the level of the refrigerant gas or liquid so you won’t end up with your heat pump “running dry”.