Heat pumps are an efficient alternative to traditional forced-air furnaces that use air ducts. Heat pumps combine the features of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit. They work best in climates with mild winters and offer some impressive advantages over other systems, the primary one being lower comparative costs in energy bills. Here’s what to look for in a heat pump if you think one may be right for your home.
Understanding Ratings: SEER and HSPF Ratings
There are two primary rating systems for heat pumps. It’s important that these ratings aren’t overlooked when shopping for a heat pump because they offer valuable insight into the item’s level of performance.
SEER stands for Season Energy Efficiency Rating. This rating measures how well a heat pump cools the air in the summer. HSFP stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, which charts the unit’s effectiveness at heating. The higher the ratings, the less energy it wastes. To make it easy to decipher which units rate the best, look for an Energy Star certification. To earn an Energy Star seal of approval, a product must meet strict energy use guidelines created by the EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency.)
Heat pumps need to be sized correctly for the space in which they will be generating heat. A pump that is too small won’t do the job, while one that is too large will cycle on and off repeatedly, wasting energy and increasing wear and tear on the unit. Look for a pump that is sized just right, a principle we call the Goldilocks Rule. Our Goettl experts can help you identify the perfect size for your space.
Many heat pumps come with features that help you save additional money, such as dual-mode motors that let you adjust the strength of the fan, and scroll compressors that help it run more quietly. Only you can decide which features are most important to you and how much more you feel comfortable paying for them.
Need help deciding? Goettl experts are here to help. For advice about whether a heat pump is right for you and your home, or help repairing, replacing or maintaining your home’s heating system, call Goettl Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We have the knowledge and experience to help you find the perfect heat pump for your home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today or book an appointment online. You’ll be glad you did!
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