Heat pumps were once considered inefficient and undesirable, but times have changed. Thanks in large part to new efficiency standards put on heat pumps by the government; they have become significantly more desirable. They are more energy efficient than central heating and air conditioning systems. In fact, by some estimates, the best heat pumps are as much as 100% more efficient than central heating and cooling systems. More and more people are turning to them to save money on their power and gas bills and even more people are embracing heat pumps out of concern for the environment. If you have decided to make the leap, there are things you should know before selecting your heat pump system. This guide will help you select your best heat pump.
Before getting into the specifics about heat pumps themselves, it is important to understand the installation process. Do not pick out your heat pump and then go shopping for a contractor to do the installation work. Your contractor should be working with you every step of the way through the process. Their input will be extremely valuable when it comes to choosing the right heat pump to meet your needs.
The number one thing you need to consider when you are choosing a heat pump is the size of the pump. You need one that is large enough to provide heat and cooling to all of the rooms in your home without overworking or burning out. Your contractor should be able to give you advice about the proper sizing. Many people are tempted to downsize in hopes of saving a little money up front. Don’t do it. It will increase your energy costs over the long haul and cause you to need more frequent repair and maintenance on your system. Additionally, you just won’t be comfortable in your home. It is not worth saving the few hundred dollars.
Next, consider the SEER and HSPF ratings. These ratings tell you how efficient the heating and cooling systems are in a heat pump. The higher the SEER number is, the more effectively the heat pump cools the house. The higher the HSPF rating, the more effective the heat pump is at heating the home. You should pick a heat pump that matches the climate where you live. If you have a lot of hot weather, a high SEER rating is important, and if you have a lot of cold weather, the HSPF rating should matter the most to you.
Taking the time to do your homework up front is worthwhile to get the most out of your heat pump investment – it will save you money in the long run.