air source heat pump?

air source heat pump?

PostBy: evilstevie On: Sat May 10, 2014 1:06 am

We had a (free) energy audit last week, and the guy mentioned the possibility of an air source heat pump to supplement our propane and coal. These units apparently do not work so well below around 35F, but here in upstate NY there are plenty of days from Oct - Dec, and March - May, where temps are well above that but we still need heat, but typically do not run the coal stove. We currently do have central air and forced hot air ducting, so this potential heat pump would pretty much drop into place, and could be integrated pretty well with our existing propane furnace via a new thermostat.

Anybody have any experience with these units in NY or PA climates? I've read that they're a lot more common further down south....but not sure if the ROI really pans out here in upstate NY.


Re: air source heat pump?

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Sat May 10, 2014 1:30 am

I have one .. it works ... but I never use it with my stove running ...
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea/anthra
Stove/Furnace Make: Hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: 503

Re: air source heat pump?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat May 10, 2014 2:26 am

You can use the calculator here to get a starting point, change the efficiency for electric to 280% (or whatever the unit is advertised as). ... ulator.php

Keep in mind that 280% is under ideal conditions, e.g 55 to 60 degrees outside. As the temperature decreases the efficiency decreases. That's why they are popular in the South, they are in those temperature ranges that are most efficient.
Richard S.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

Re: air source heat pump?

PostBy: Ed.A On: Sun May 11, 2014 8:23 am

Mine is part of my mini-split AC system. Works great for spring and fall when it's too early/late to hit the coal pile.
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Alaska Channing III/ '94 Stoker II
Coal Size/Type: Rice

Re: air source heat pump?

PostBy: jpete On: Sun May 11, 2014 9:08 am

The "ductless split" heat pumps are more popular around here. On a 40* day, I routinely see ~125* discharge air coming from these units. They will heat large rooms or small houses pretty quickly at temperature.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mk II
Coal Size/Type: Stove, Nut, Pea
Other Heating: Dino juice

Re: air source heat pump?

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun May 11, 2014 9:23 am

Not all heat pumps are created equal...some are really quite good. :)

Ductless Mini Splits operate in the exact design configuration the mfg'r designed them to operate in.
Other type systems added on/into existing duct systems are hit or miss depending on ductwork design/layout...which is rarely optimum.

Heat Pumps are only as good as their installation/system can allow them to be...can't always condemn the unit itself. :roll:
Stoker Coal Boiler: AXEMAN-ANDERSON 130 "1959"
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: HARMAN MAGNUM
Baseburners & Antiques: OUR GLENWOOD 111 BASEBURNER "1908"
Other Heating: Ground Source Heat Pump
Stove/Furnace Make: Hydro Heat /Mega Tek

Re: air source heat pump?

PostBy: Carbon12 On: Sun May 11, 2014 10:46 am

The $$$ you'd spend on the heat pump would buy a hell of a lot of coal,.....even a bunch of propain! Do you have central A/C already? If you do and it needs to be replaced, then and only then I'd go with the heat pump. If you don't have A/C and want it, go for the heat pump also.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Keystoker KA-6
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite
Other Heating: Heat Pump/Forced Hot Air Oil Furnace