Heat pumps are highly energy-efficient cooling and heating systems. That's because, unlike furnaces, they don't actually create heat in order to warm your home--they transfer it. Heat pumps are powered by electricity and work by moving heat from outside your home to inside your home or vice versa. The two most common types of heat pumps are geothermal and air source heat pumps which work by transferring heat from the ground and the air respectively.
Heat pumps are the most energy-efficient way to heat your home. But that being said, they still require electricity to run, which means that you probably have opportunities for savings. Our heat pump cost calculator below can help you get a sense of how much energy your heat pump uses and how much it costs to run your heat pump. Check it out!
Kilowatts measure the rate at which electricity moves through an appliance. More kilowatts mean more electricity, and bigger heat pumps will typically use more watts.
The average heat pump runs at around 15,000 watts. Of course this number can vary depending on the type of heat pump. For example,
To get the most accurate number, look at the back of your heat pump. You can calculate kilowatts by multiplying amps and volts and dividing by 1000.
Kilowatts = (Amps x Volts) / 1000
According to US Energy Information Administration, the average cost of electricity in the U.S. is 13 cents/kWh. However, this number can vary depending on your electricity supplier. Today, people in some states have the power to shop for their electricity and find cheaper rates.
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