When you are looking into the purchase of a new heating pump, at the top of your wish list is probably energy efficiency. It’s a good thing that there are energy efficiency ratings set in place to assist you in this endeavor. With the use of the SEER & HSPF ratings, you will be able to purchase the best heating pump for your home. Do you know what the SEER & HSPF ratings are used to measure? Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about the difference in SEER and HSPF ratings.
What is a Good SEER Rating?
When you are running your air conditioning system during the hottest months of the year, your heat pump functions like a typical air conditioning system. SEER is an acronym for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. This number will give you an idea of how efficient your system is. You want your SEER number to be higher, because the higher the number, the more efficient the system. This number will be a representation of how efficient your system was throughout the entire cooling season.
HSPF Rating Savings Calculator
As you can probably guess, the HSPF rating is used to measure the efficiency of your heat pump throughout the heating season. HSPF is an acronym for heating seasonal performance factor. This number will usually be a lot lower than your SEER rating, but that doesn’t mean that your heat pump is any less efficient. The equations used to get these numbers are different, but just like the SEER rating, you want the HSPF rating to be as high as possible. This will indicate your heat pump is working efficiently and you are using less energy to heat and cool your home.
Federal Government Regulations for HSPF Ratings
If your heat pump was manufactured in 2005 or sooner, you should be getting at least a 7.7 on the HSPF rating scale. For pumps that are older than this, the average score is 6.8. When it comes to the HSPF rating, the highest you can get is a 10 and this would be considered the most energy efficient heat pump on the market.
Higher HSPF Energy Efficiency Rating Equals Money Saved
When you have a higher HSPF rating, you can plan on saving money during the summer and winter with an energy efficient pump. If the HSPF rating is the only rating you are aware of, it doesn’t matter what the SEER rating is. With a high HSPF rating, you can count on your unit being energy efficient year-round. This means money in your pocket.
Heat Pump Upgrades & More in the Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
Knowing the SEER and/or HSPF ratings for your heat pump and other HVAC units will give you a good idea of whether or not your system is energy efficient. If you have an older unit and your scores are low, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient system. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find out what your heat pump ratings are and whether or not you need to replace your older system. Call us today!