Heat Pump Questions

I am considering purchase of a heat pump. I want to understand my choices an make a good decision.

Last year I had a visit from an Fujitsu installer, but for several reasons I did not feel comfortable making a decision,

For one thing: How could I be confident in the brand selection since he was not also a Mitsubishi installer? He told me that Fujitsu is better, but how could I consider that to be impartial advice?

Also, his manner turned me off. He seemed to be saying: I bang ’em out one after another, so don’t waste my time with questions… just trust me, I know what I’m doing. He practically seemed to have one foot out the door and was ready to take off to the next profitable opportunity if I did not immediately sign up.

He took a quick look and immediately determined how many BTUs we needed. He did this with no information about how much insulation or infiltration to account for. Maybe he just knows from experience and does not want to do a dog & pony show with a formal analysis, but it just felt too cavalier to me.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    Efficiency Vt has a chart with all the models that meet their efficiency standards with comparison numbers you can look at. You would want your model on that list and would then qualify for a rebate.
    As far as brand name I would read on line reviews. I have a Mitsubishi installed 4-5 years ago with no problems.

    Be sure to think about how you will use this. My mistake was to install only one inside unit downstairs in a small but two story house. My primary reason for installing was heat and this works very well. But for air conditioning or dehumidifying, cool air does not go up hill. Also ask about max low temp the unit works to. Mine is rated for -7 degrees. If the overnight temp is forecast for below zero, I go back to my old propane furnace for the night. Four times this past winter, 3 the year before.

    I think you will be happy with a heat pump. Eliminates the skyrocketing carbon prices when it gets very cold, is green and saves money.

    Gary King

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