Heat Pump Thermostat – Guide to Buy The Right Thermostat 2022-12-20

Heating and cooling systems installed in a home may vary from central furnaces, boilers, electric baseboards to heat pumps. The most common type of heating/cooling (HVAC) system used in the USA is the central furnace  – which may be singles stage or multi-stage. A heat pump is used in regions with a moderate climate, where summer/winter is not that extreme at any time. In this article, we guide you through heat pump thermostat models, ideal to control the heat pump in your home. As I wrote above, a majority (90%) of homes in the USA rely on central furnace based systems, or boiler-based systems or heat pump systems. Only about 10% of homes in America use electric baseboards for heating (these homes would be either old constructions or located in places where electricity is cheap). In regions with a moderate climate, a heat pump (with emergency heat) alone is usually enough for home heating/cooling. Homes located in extreme weather regions often use a heat pump along with the central furnace/boiler-based HVAC system. Before going ahead, let’s see the best heat pump thermostats in a nutshell.


Heat Pump – How it functions? A heat pump is simply a heat exchange system which can be used to heat or cool a place. Heat pumps use the outside air to heat/cool a home during winter/summer. A heat pump can be used for climate control in a home through out the year – during winter and summer.  A heat pump can be used for cooling, heating, and dehumidifying. The working principle of a heat pump is the same as that of a refrigerator. In simple words, it makes the cool place cooler and hot place hotter – by pumping out the heat from the cooler area to the hotter area. Heat pumps use air, water, or ground as a medium to pump out the heat. Accordingly, they are classified as air source, water source, and geothermal heat pumps (ground source). The most common model is the air source heat pump. During winters,  a heat pump (air source) moves heat from the outdoor air to your indoors, making your rooms cozy and warm. Similarly, during summers, a heat pump will pump out the heat from your indoors to the outdoors making your rooms cooler. As you know it now, a heat pump simply transfers heat from one place to the other.  Compared to electric baseboards and electric furnaces, heat pumps offer better efficiency in terms of electricity usage, as they don’t use resistance heating. Also, with new advancements, high-efficiency heat pumps are available that provide better dehumidifying features than air conditioners. As we’ve seen how a heat pump functions, let’s move on to see in detail the best thermostat for heat pumps.

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