HSPF and SEER Ratings Matter When You’re Looking at Heat Pump Installation

Published on: June 8, 2012

When you are considering having a heat pump installation done as an upgrade to your heating or AC service, it is a large investment. You want to be sure that you not only pick the most reliable heat pump, but the most efficient one as well. While a high efficiency heat pump installation may be more expensive in the short term, it can save you money on power bills, increase the comfort in your home and add to the market value of your house.

To ensure that you are choosing the best heat pump for your particular system, you should look at both the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings of the pump. While most people only associate a heat pump installation with warming a home during winter months, heat pumps actually can transfer heat into the home or out of the home. This means that heat pumps can help your AC unit perform more efficiently during summer months by pulling hot air out of your home. Therefore, having a highly efficient heat pump can make a huge impact on both your heating and cooling costs.

HSPF refers to how much energy it takes to move warm air into a home in order to heat it to a comfortable temperature. The most efficient heat pumps have the highest HSPF ratings; ratings for highly efficient pumps run between eight and ten. Having a high efficiency heat pump installation can save you up to 40 percent on the yearly cost of heating your home. Additionally, while a heat pump can operate at over 100 percent power efficiency, a furnace cannot.

SEER ratings refer to how efficiently a heat pump or AC system is able to cool your home, and it refers to the amount of energy consumed compared to the amount of cooling that is done in a home. As with HSPF ratings, the higher the rating is, the more efficient the heat pump is at cooling your home. High SEER ratings currently run from 14 to 18.

If you have an older heat pump or AC service, you should consider a new heat pump installation. In addition to lowering your power bills over the course of a year and for the long term, having an energy efficient home can increase its value. Since people are concerned about the rising cost of energy, studies have shown that homes with energy efficient appliances sell faster and for more money. Be sure to check the HSPF and SEER ratings of heat pumps before you make a final decision.