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

Published on: July 20, 2012

Energy conservation is not only a popular trend, but it is actually helping our planet, and you can be a factor in these protection efforts by replacing outdated equipment in your home. For example, if you need a new heat pump for your HVAC unit, then you can review the device’s energy guide to make sure that you’re buying an efficient mechanism. Be sure to contact us for your heat pump installation as we have the expertise to complete this task.


SEER Rating

As you begin shopping for a new heat pump, be sure to check the device’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or SEER rating. Heat pumps are handy devices as they use the same method to cool and heat your home. The pump includes a valve that reverses itself to run backwards when you need to turn on the heat during the cold winter months. If you need AC service, then you can contact us to check your system.


HSPF Rating

When you shop for your HVAC unit’s heat pump, review the Heating Season Performance Factor or HSPF rating as it will give you the pump’s anticipated performance for heating your home during the winter. Keep in mind that heat pumps won’t work as well in cold climates as they pull outside air into your home to provide heat.

Cold climates are not always the areas that spend more to heat their homes. For instance, an average home in Atlanta, Georgia, will have a yearly heating load that is two to three times greater than its cooling needs. If your area is similar, then you will want to pay close attention to a heat pump’s HSPF rating. When we assist you with your heat pump installation, we can make sure that your pump will heat your home correctly and affordably.


Industry Standards

Currently, the minimum HSPF rating you can purchase is 7.7, with the minimum rating for SEER at 13. You may need to buy a device with a higher rating depending on your area and energy needs. When you purchase a pump with a higher SEER rating, it will typically have a higher HSPF rating as well. Keep in mind that if your heating load is greater than your cooling needs, then a pump with a higher HSPF rating will benefit you more.


Additional Energy Improvements

In addition to purchasing a heat pump with a high energy efficiency rating, you may consider improving your building wrapping with insulation and air sealing. Review your utility bills to see if your heating or cooling expenses are higher. You may also make an appointment with a home energy auditor. He or she will test your home and tell you where you may increase efficiency.

Before purchasing a heat pump, have your system sized with a Manual J heating and cooling load calculation. With this measurement, you’ll be able to locate when your home’s heating peaks are, rather than relying on a yearly estimate. If you discover that you spend more on heating expenses, then be sure to purchase a pump with an HSPF rating of at least eight. When we arrive to complete your heat pump installation, we’ll make sure your rating is high enough to reduce your utility expenses.

You should also add a thermostat with adaptive recovery to your residence, which will lower your use of more heat during the winter months. When you need AC service, we can also install your new thermostat.


Today’s Efficient Heating Pumps

Since the government has increased its focus on improving energy efficiency, devices such as heat pumps have become more effective. In fact, some estimates have shown that heat pumps are up to 100 percent more efficient today. Keep in mind that when you contact us for heat pump installation, you’ll be saving more money on your utility bills in the long run than it will cost you to buy and install a new pump.


Types of Heat Pumps

You may choose an air-source heat pump for your home, which works similarly to an air conditioning unit. When you require AC service, we can review your home and climate to verify whether this device will work for your residence. With an air-source system, you won’t have to worry about contractors digging into your yard.

Your other choice for heat pump installation is a ground-source unit. This mechanism will move heat from the ground instead of from the outside of your home, which may be a better choice if you live in a climate that becomes cold in the winter. Also, during the summer months, the system will transfer heat from your home back into the ground. In order to install a ground-source heat pump, we will need to dig into your yard. When you need AC service for your unit, we can review your system for an upgrade.


You can reduce your energy bills by purchasing a heat pump with a high SEER and HSPF rating. Moreover, our AC service team will make sure that you’ve purchased the proper unit for your heating and cooling needs.