Manufactured homes that meet the standards of the EnergyRight Solutions Program have one important feature in common—an electric heat pump. Weather conditions in the Tennessee Valley are some of the best in the nation for the efficient operation of an electric heat pump, which can save you 50 percent or more on your heating costs. The heat pump provides uniform heat throughout your home in the winter and cools and dehumidifies your home in the summer. What could be better than having a comfortable home, with money to spare!
Most manufactured homes come from the factory with a central electric furnace. The cost of central air conditioning is added to the price of the home, unless the purchaser specifically requests a heat pump. TVA works with large-volume heating and cooling equipment wholesalers to reduce the cost of heat pumps. Manufactured-home retailers in the Valley that participate in the EnergyRight Solutions Manufactured Homes Program—and most do—can pass those savings on to you. That means that buying a manufactured home in the EnergyRight Solutions Manufactured Homes Program not only lowers your electricity costs for the long term, but it also saves you money up front when you buy your home.
Yes. Unlike other central heating systems, the heat pump does not give off sporadic hot blasts of air that provide only short-term warmth. Instead, it evenly circulates warm air for longer periods of time, keeping the temperature in your home constant and comfortable.
No. The electric furnace provides supplemental or backup heat. When temperatures are extremely cold, the heat pump uses the electric furnace to help warm the air going into your home. This happens about 10 percent of the time.
With a high-efficiency heat pump, you get heating and cooling in one economical unit. In hot weather, the heat pump takes the heat from the air inside your home and pumps it outside. Once the heat from the air is removed, what’s left behind is cooled, dehumidified air. In cold weather, the process is reversed as the heat pump takes heat from the outside air, compresses it to increase the temperature and pumps it inside your home.
Today’s high-efficiency heat pump is the most efficient way to heat and cool your new manufactured home. For every unit of energy your heat pump uses, it will produce an average of two to three units of heat or cool. Heat pumps are rated by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER. The higher the SEER, the higher the efficiency and the lower the cost of operation. The Energy Right Solutions Manufactured Homes Program requires a minimum 13 SEER unit.
Heat pumps last an average of 15 to 20 years.
Set the thermostat at the lowest comfortable setting in the winter and leave it there. In the summer, set the temperature at the highest comfortable level. The key is to set it for your family’s comfort. For the highest efficiency, move the thermostat as little as possible. If the thermostat is continuously adjusted, the cost of bringing a home to the preferred comfort level again can outweigh the savings gained.
Be sure and tell your manufactured home retailer that you want an EnergyRight Solutions home with a heat pump. When you purchase a home through the EnergyRight Solutions Manufactured Homes Program, you’re making the right choice for long-term comfort, quality, value, and savings.
The guidelines offer a simple look-up procedure to assist equipment specifiers, HVAC contractors and wholesalers, home installers, retailers, manufacturers, and electric utility staff select heat pump and air conditioner capacity for new manufactured homes. View Guidelines