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What is SEER and HSPF? Why They Matter

Published on: August 16, 2012

Are you considering having a new heat pump installed during the ac maintenance process? If so, then you need to find one that is both reliable and energy efficient. With a high-efficiency heat pump, you will save money on your energy bills each month. Not only that, but you will also add market value to your home. It’s even a great way to increase the comfort level in each room of your house. Make sure to look at both the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) to pick the ideal heat pump for your HVAC system.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

Most people assume that a heat pump installation is only good for the winter months. Just because it warms your home during the winter doesn’t mean that it’s not good for another purpose. The pump transfers heat in and out of your home. Since it transfers heat out of your house, the pump is beneficial for your air conditioning system. In fact, it enables your air conditioning unit to work more efficiently during the hot summer months. If you allow our air conditioning installation team to install a heat pump, you will notice a difference in both your heating and cooling costs.

What Is a SEER Rating?

You should always look for a SEER rating before purchasing a new product. The SEER rating will tell you how efficiently the heat pump works. In addition, SEER ratings can also tell you how efficiently an air conditioning unit can cool your home. The SEER rating is based on the amount of cooling that the air conditioner does and is compared against the amount of energy that it uses. The higher the rating, the more efficient the heat pump is. At this time, most SEER ratings range from 13 to 18. Here are some things to keep in mind when comparing SEER ratings.

– SEER 13 is the minimum standard that manufacturers must reach.
– In addition to checking to the SEER number, look for an Energy Star label.
– If your air conditioning unit is more than 10-years old, its SEER rating is likely to be 12 or under.

Why Check the HSPF Rating?

If you want an efficient heat pump, then it must have a high HSPF rating. Otherwise, the heat pump is going to use too much energy while doing its job. The HSPF examines how much energy is used to transport warm air into the home to be heated at a comfortable temperature. As with SEER numbers, the most efficient heat pumps have a high HSPF rating. Any heat pump with an HSPF rating between 8 and 10 is really good.

You should have our air conditioning installation team add a high-efficiency heat pump to your HVAC system. Over the course of one year, you can save up to 40 percent off the expense of heating your home. Unlike a furnace, heat pumps can work at more than 100 percent efficiency. Therefore, it’s a great investment to make.

The Power of AC Maintenance

Is your heat pump or air conditioning system old? If so, then it’s time for an upgrade. We perform air conditioning installation for those who are in need of a new system. Our ac maintenance can even come out to make sure that your system is working to the best of its ability. Not only will you save money on your energy bills each month, your new energy efficient home is likely to increase in value. Always check the SEER and HSPF ratings before making any purchases.