Top 10 Air Heat Pumps: Costs, Pros & Cons, ROI – Buying Guide

We’ve selected the 10 best air heat pumps in three performance categories to give you the information needed to make your buying decision.

This air source heat pump buying guide includes costs for each model, features, pros and cons, and the use that gives the best return on investment for each.

Air Heat Pump Options

Size and efficiency vary significantly, producing a wide cost range as a result.

Size or capacity to move heat: 1.5 tons to 5.0 tons, or 18,000 to 60,000 BTUs per hour.

Efficiency: 13 SEER cooling efficiency and 8.0 HSPF heating efficiency to 24 SEER and 13 HSPF. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.

Installed cost range: $4,500 to $13,500

Average cost: A 3-ton, 17 SEER two-stage central heat pump is right about average, and the installed cost is $7,500 to $10,500 based on brand and installation complexities. Expect to pay about $9,000 for a complete system with the capability, especially if you choose one of the top heat pumps available.

There are cheaper brands like Goodman and Payne, but you might not get the long-term quality and performance you’re here to find.

Cost factors are explored below. They’ll allow you to narrow down your potential heat pump installation cost based on the units you’re considering.

What is an Air Source Heat Pump?

Simply put, an air heat pump, or air source heat exchange pump moves heat from one place to another. It does not create heat. A heat pump collects heat from the outside air when heating your home. It dumps heat from your house into outside air when air conditioning your home. That seems obvious – but the contrast is to a ground source heat pump, also called a geothermal heat pump.

Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps Can Provide Heat in Temperatures as low as -13 Fahrenheit

Ground source heat pumps collect and dump heat underground, or sometimes in a body of water, where year-round temperatures are consistent. This makes geothermal heat pumps more efficient – it is easier to collect heat for warming your home in ground that is 55 to 60 degrees than from air that is much colder.

Likewise, dumping heat into ground or water in that temperature range is easier than dispersing it into air that is 80 to 100+ degrees. However, geothermal heat pumps cost much more and might not be a cost-effective choice for your situation.

When to Choose an Air Source Heat Pump

They are an excellent fit for most climates, though they make less sense for locations where winters are very cold.

When winter temperatures drop into the 30s or lower, auxiliary electric heat strips in the air handler assist with heating.

However, electric heat is the most expensive type, so overall efficiency is lost, and energy costs rise when the heat strips are used a lot. For this reason, heat pumps are not best sellers in the colder, northern regions of North America.

Dual fuel systems with a heat pump and gas furnace are an option in very cold climates. They’re explained in the Top Air Source Heat Pump Reviews below.

Top 10 Air Heat Pumps

We’ve selected 3 single-stage, 4 two-stage and 3 variable capacity heat pumps for the list. They’re sorted accordingly below where you will find full heat pump reviews for these top 10 models including cost, pros and cons, ROI based on your climate and more details.

  1. Trane XL16i Heat Pump
  2. Carrier 25HCC5 Performance 15 Heat Pump
  3. Ducane 4HP15L Heat Pump
  4. Lennox XP21 Heat Pump
  5. Armstrong 4SHP16LS Heat Pump
  6. Carrier 25HNB6 Infinity 16 Heat Pump
  7. Rheem Classic Series RP16 Heat Pump
  8. Carrier 25VNA4 Infinity 24 Heat Pump
  9. Lennox XP25 Heat Pump
  10. Trane XV20i Variable Speed Heat Pump

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Solar Panels System Cost and Pros & Cons in 2021

If you are looking for ways to take your home’s energy efficiency to the next level while also increasing the value of your property, then installing PV solar panels on your home’s rooftop is likely one of the top options you are considering.

In this guide, we explore the current cost per watt, total solar system cost, available tax credits, net metering, pros and cons, and whether going solar makes sense for your home.

Cost

Solar costs are typically quoted per watt installed. The current national average cost of a solar panels system can range from $2.80 to $3.50 per watt installed (before the 26% solar investment tax credits), depending on the project size, panel type, accessibility and location. This price range captures approximately 80% of all residential solar installations in the US for a system size between 5kW and 10kW of solar-generating capacity.

What is a Typical Solar System Size?

A typical residential solar power system size averages between 5kW (5,000 watts) and 8kW (8,000 watts), depending on the size and span of the roof surface and household needs.

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

Assuming a typical 5kW-6kW solar system, you will need between 14 and 20 panels for a complete system.

If you are using conventional panels with 250 watts of solar-generating capacity, then you will need 20 panels.

SunPower Equinox High Efficiency Solar Panels

If you are using high-efficiency solar panels like those offered by SunPower with 370 watts of solar-generating capacity, then you will only need 14 panels for a 5kW system.

High-efficiency panels are generally a good option for rooftops with limited space.

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Top 6 Exterior Home Remodels with Best ROI, Plus Costs

Here are the top six exterior home improvements to spruce up your home and your backyard:

1. Outdoor Kitchen

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If you happen to live in a house with a nice backyard that gets plenty of sunshine, and you are the type of person who loves to entertain your guests and family outdoors, then investing in an outdoor kitchen can be a great way to make your home not only more valuable, but also more enjoyable. 😉

Cost-wise, an outdoor kitchen can cost anywhere from $7,500 to $35,000 for a fairly basic set-up, and between $50,000 and $100,000 for a more luxurious outdoor kitchen. On a per square foot basis, costs tend to run anywhere from $35 to $75 per sq. ft. depending on the choice of materials, the complexity of your design, and home’s geographic location.

ROI: If the upgrade you chose is appropriate for your area, and won’t price your home out of the market, then you can expect an ROI of up to 100% or more depending on the extent of work you had done and how suitable it’s for your particular house. To get the most bang for your buck, consider selling the home with an outdoor kitchen in the summer!

2. Deck

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A deck can make a major difference in terms of curb appeal and enjoyment value for your home.

Cost-wise: a typical deck will range in price from $5,000 to $15,000 depending on the complexity of the design and the type of materials used. For DIY enthusiasts, a basic deck can be built for around $3,500. Average cost per square foot: $35 – $55, depending on the materials used, complexity of your design, and your home’s location.

ROI: Aside from a 100%+ return on enjoyment value and popularity with your friends and family, you can expect a return on investment of 80% to 100%, if you choose the right materials and appropriate design.

3. Pergola

Oh would it not be great to extend your home outdoors? That’s right, outdoors, where you can enjoy a bit of sun and fresh air, while also having a sense of shelter? That’s what a Pergola is! — An outdoor structure designed to shelter you from the sun.

There is not a better way to make your enjoyment of the backyard more stylish and fun. A pergola can be combined with a deck, or placed tastefully on your patio, with patio furniture right under the pergola. Pergolas can also be placed around outdoor kitchens.

Cost-wise: You can have a pergola professionally built for $3,000 to $5,000, depending on the complexity of your design. For DIY enthusiasts, a classy pergola can be built for around $1,000.

ROI: Like many other smaller outdoor home improvements, a pergola can have an ROI exceeding 100%, not too mention the enjoyment factor that a homeowner will derive from having a pergola in their property. 😉

The bottom line is that if your pergola is tastefully integrated with the rest of the features on your property, then you can easily recoup the cost of your investment. 😉

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