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

Published on: August 30, 2012

If you are like most people, you are looking for ways to reduce expenses related to running your household. One way that many people are reducing their power bills is by increasing the energy efficiency related to heating and cooling their homes. They are doing this by having an air conditioning installation done that adds a heat pump to their home. As their name states, these units pump heat into or out of a room. This means that these units are able to help cool and heat your home. In the summer, these systems can remove hot air from your home and improve your air conditioner’s ability to keep your home cool. During the winter, this process is reversed, and warm air is pumped into your home.


While these pumps can greatly improve the heating and cooling of your home, it is important to chose the right pump for your air conditioning installation. Since the goal of these pumps is energy efficiency, you will want to choose one with high Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings. These ratings are a standardized unit of measurement in the heating and cooling industry, and they provide you with information regarding the energy efficiency of HVAC systems.


HSPF ratings refer to how efficient heating equipment is at warming a room. The rating is calculated by taking the amount a room is warmed in BTUs and divided by the amount of energy required in watt-hours. In other words, the HSPF rating is the amount of energy it takes to warm a room up over a particular amount of time. The higher this rating is, the more energy efficient the unit is. Pumps with ratings of eight or higher are considered to be efficient and are usually eligible for a US energy tax credit.


Heat pumps have an advantage over standard heaters in that they can be more than 100 percent efficient. They are able to do this because they do not create heat, they simply transfer it to a different location. Some pumps are upwards of 200 to 300 percent energy efficient. By paying attention to the HSPF rating of a pump, you are able to choose equipment that will heat your home at a fraction of the cost of a standard heater.


SEER ratings are similar to HSPF ratings, but they refer to the ability of air conditioning systems and heat pumps to cool a room. As with HSPF ratings, the SEER rating of a piece of equipment is determined by taking the amount of cooling done in a room over a period of time and dividing it by the amount of energy required to provide that cooling. The less energy that is expended the higher the SEER rating and the more efficient the system is. Currently, you can have an air conditioning installation done that provides a SEER rating up to 27, but the most efficient heat pumps have SEER ratings of 17 and 18.


With the cost of energy continuing to rise, the ability to reduce your power use can have a large impact on your expenses. Additionally, when you have an efficient air conditioning installation done, you are more likely to allow your home to be as cool or warm as is comfortable since you are not as worried about ending up with a huge power bill. By adding a heat pump to your home, you can greatly increase the efficiency of both the air conditioning and heating systems in your home. To ensure the maximum energy savings, be sure to research both the HSPF and SEER ratings of any pump that you are considering.