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Ca and check for the Heating Cost Calculator under Heating and Cooling Equipment. 38 Final Elect Eng_2 4. 3/20/03 12:32 pm Page 39 A CCOMMODATING THE E LECTRICAL L OAD If you are planning to heat with electricity, it may be necessary to upgrade or adjust your home’s electric service in order to cope with the additional load. Two basic approaches are described in this chapter. Electrical Service Panels Usually, a house that is not heated by electricity has a 60A or 100A electrical service output.
Ask them for the manufacturers’ illustrated sales literature on the equipment they sell and install. You should also contact your local electrical utility or contractor for assistance and information. Your local utility can provide information on the cost of purchasing or renting, installing your system, and the estimated seasonal heating costs associated with the type of equipment you plan to use. If you have opted for a particular type of equipment, check the literature carefully, to see if it describes all the features you are looking for.
Thus, air-source heat pumps are normally equipped with supplementary or auxiliary heating equipment, such as electric plenum heaters, or oil- or gas-fired furnaces to meet the heat load of the house in colder weather. The actual performance of a heat pump is indicated by The heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) which is the quotient of amount of heat delivered, divided by the amount of electricity consumed by the heat pump over its period of use during the heating season. The higher the HSPF, the more efficient the heat pump.