Are New Heat Pumps More Energy Efficient?

October 28, 2021

With cold weather approaching, you might be thinking about how well your outdated air source heat pump is going to run this year. You might also be wondering if now is a good time to do heat pump installation.

A new air source heat pump is more energy efficient and can help you spend less on energy costs over its lifetime.

They're a combined heating system and cooling system. These heat pumps transfer heat from the outdoor air to make your home cooler or warmer. They don't generate heat or air conditioning like a natural gas furnace or a standard central air conditioner. A heat pump has indoor and outdoor units that work together to provide you with heating and cooling.

We're going to discuss this topic today, as well as:

  • How air source heat pump efficiency ratings like SEER and HSPF impact your heating and cooling bill.
  • How ENERGY STAR® certification can help you spend less money.
  • How to select an energy-efficient heat pump system for your home.

What is SEER in Heat Pump?

SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a heat pump rating system that calculates how efficient air source heat pumps are at utilizing electricity for cooling. The greater the SEER, the better they are at transferring heat during the cooling season.

What is a Good SEER Rating for a Heat Pump?

A heat pump with a SEER between 14 and 16 is regarded as having good energy efficiency.

What is HSPF in Heat Pumps?

HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is another heat pump rating system that measures how well air source heat pumps will work during the heating season. The greater the number, the better your heating system will be at using electricity for warm air. This is especially important for saving money in colder climates, since your heat pump won't have to work as hard as it transfers heat.

What is a Good HSPF Rating for a Heat Pump?

Heat pump systems with an HSPF between 8 and 10 are considered to be energy efficient and can help keep heating costs down during cold weather.

What Does ENERGY STAR Mean on a Heat Pump?

ENERGY STAR air source heat pumps satisfy strict requirements established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for both heating efficiency and cooling efficiency, so you know these high-efficiency heat pumps will work well.

Air source heat pumps achieve ENERGY STAR if they have:

  • HSPF rating of 8.5 or higher
  • SEER rating of 15 or greater
  • This can lower your heat pump's operating costs, as well as decrease greenhouse gas emissions that play a role in global climate change.

How to Choose an Energy-Efficient Heat Pump

When choosing your heat pump's efficiency rating, just like any other household equipment, the most significant thing is to select one that has an energy efficiency rating that you can afford.

If your budget only fits a heat pump with lower ratings, don't worry! Even a new one with a lower rating is going to consume less energy than one that's 10 or 15 years old. Here's why.

  • From 1999 to 2005, federal guidelines mandated air source heat pumps to have a 10 SEER rating.
  • That number increased to 13 from 2006 to 2014.
  • Today, a new heat pump must be at least 14 SEER.
  • So, changing from 10 SEER to 14 SEER will make a major difference on your heating and cooling bill.

It's also essential to know that most heat pumps only last around 15-20 years with appropriate service. When yours begins to get close to this age, you'll want to think about getting a new one.

In the past, heat pumps were limited to locations that didn't have cold climates, because of the way heat pumps work to pull heat from the air. Modern heat pump systems are also created to tolerate colder outdoor air and a cold climate during the winter. This decreases your reliance on a supplemental heat source, electric resistance heating or baseboard heaters during the heating season.

Replacing your heat pump with Breathe Healthier Air may be more affordable than you think it is. Between rebates, special offers and financing for qualified customers, getting new HVAC systems may be more budget friendly than you realize.

It’s not easy to find the time and money to replace aging air source systems. But if you want comfier home temperatures with smaller energy bills in the future, it might be a good idea to check out new heat pump units.

At Breathe Healthier Air we make upgrading a convenient process by giving free estimate appointments for air source heat pumps. Just contact us at 772-353-4633 to book yours today. We’re proud to offer heat pump installation in Stuart your friends and neighbors have trusted since 2007.