Heat pumps are a cost-effective indoor climate control option. As their name implies, these systems work by physically pumping air from one location to another in order to alter the indoor temperature, rather than actually heating or cooling in the way conventional furnaces and air conditioners do. Instead, heat pumps push warm indoor air outside during cooling season, and transfer the thermal energy from outdoor air to the inside of your home during heating season.
Utility cost savings are the primary benefit of heat pump systems; they use as much as 40 percent less energy than conventional electric heating systems. The exact efficiency is measured using a metric known as “heating season performance factor,” or HSPF. It’s a concept you should familiarize yourself with if you’re considering a new heat pump for your home.
HSPF is a ratio that expresses the relationship between the number of watt-hours of electrical input and the system’s heat output. The higher a given pump’s HSPF rating, the better its energy efficiency. Systems with HSPF ratings of 8 or higher meet the requirements for “high efficiency.”
Typically, more efficient systems have higher up-front costs, since they use superior technologies to reduce electricity consumption. However, it’s important to consider more than just the initial cost when you’re shopping around; you should also look at the average annual operational cost of pumps with varying efficiency ratings to determine which will save you the most money over the system’s expected lifespan.
At Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’re here to answer any further questions you may have about this energy-efficient home heating and cooling option. Please don’t hesitate to contact usif you’d like to learn more or want to price a system for your home. We’ve been serving customers throughout the greater Cleveland area for over 75 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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