What To Know When It's Time For a New Heat Pump

What To Know When It's Time For a New Heat Pump

What To Know When It's Time For a New Heat Pump

Living in the Southeast United States means dealing with plenty of heat and humidity in the summertime and a variety of wet, cool, icy or even occasional snow in the wintertime. A heat pump delivers consistent comfort all year long, and these systems are an ideal solution in moderate climates. When it's time for a heat pump installation in your home, knowing about its energy efficiency and capacity will help you make an informed decision.

Match the Capacity to Your Home

Heat pumps come in a range of capacities. To make sure you get the right capacity for your size, type and climate region, the HVAC technician needs to do a load calculation. You can get an estimate from an online load calculator for heat pumps, but a certified technician will accurately measure your home's r-value, space types and other features that impact capacity requirements, such as the number and size of windows and your ceiling height.

Consider the SEER Rating

According to the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Organization, the minimum SEER rating for heat pumps installed in the Southeast United States is 15. SEER ratings measure the output of cooling power in an air conditioner or heat pump compared to the input of electricity over the cooling season. Higher SEER numbers mean the unit operates more efficiently. Energy Saver states that new heat pumps offer up to 50% more efficient operation compared to older units.

Look at Heating Efficiency

For several months of the year, you'll need the heat pump to keep your home warm. HSPF, or heating season performance factor, measures heat pump heating efficiency. In the Southeast United States, heat pumps must have an HSPF rating of at least 8.8 as of January 1, 2023. You'll need to choose a heat pump that meets both the SEER and the HSPF requirements.

For more information about new heat pumps, take a look at AC Southeast's heat pump installation services, or contact one of the contractors on our website us today for more information.

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