Goldilocks, Heat Pumps and the Comfort of Your Home


Too hot, too cold or just right.

We’ve all had experiences similar to Goldilocks when she arrived at the house of the three bears. This feeling is especially common in the winter, when finding the perfect temperature for your home is no easy task. With the thermostat set high, it’s not long before you get the urge to crack a window. As soon as the temperature drops back down, it’s time to throw on some fuzzy socks and crank the heat back up again.

To help us find the right balance between freezing cold or blazing hot, let’s take a closer look at a few of our home heating options.

Multispeed Units

The first system, multispeed, operates a lot like the choices in the home of the three bears. Usually, multi-speed units have three levels to choose from to heat your home, depending on how much heat you need. The unit increases blowing power to match the heat increase needs of your home. Although you have a few choices, it does leave some room in-between that can make the home uncomfortable and inefficient. If medium is a little cooler than you need and you crank it up to high, there is some space in between those levels that could be comfortable at a lower blowing speed and more efficient energy level.

Variable Speed Units

If given the opportunity would Goldilocks like her soup to a little bit warmer? This question brings us to our next heating unit, variable speed. While we aren’t heating up soup, variable heat pumps work in a way that gives you the ability to change the temperature slightly, instead of jumping up to the next level. These variable systems provide many more ‘levels’ to choose from which in turn keeps you more comfortable and prevents the system from working harder than it has to. By identifying the right level for you home, these systems save you money on unnecessary heating.

The Good and Bad

These two systems aren’t without their pros and cons. Selecting the right one for your home will take some research and a hard look at the real needs of your home. While the variable unit is great for efficiency and long-term energy savings, it does come with a higher initial price tag. The new technology to make these systems so efficient is often more difficult to replace than older multi-speed units. If you are going to invest in a variable unit, be sure to purchase the full warranty to protect your investment.

On the other side, we have the multi speed unit. These units come with a lower initial cost. Because they don’t operate as efficiently as variable speed units, monthly energy spending will be considerably more expensive. The three-level heat system is older, which means maintenance and general repair is less expensive than newer, high-tech units.

Consult an Expert

Your choices aren’t limited when it comes to the comfort of your home. If you’re like Goldilocks and can find your ‘just right’ with a few choices, the multi-speed might be for you. If you’re looking for something with high efficiency and more options for overall comfort, the variable heat pump is for you. Before you get started searching for a new unit, give our team a call and we will help you find the right unit for your home, budget, comfort and needs.

Don’t suffer through the winter turning the thermostat up and down. Pick the right choice for you and your needs to make sure your home is comfortable all winter long!

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