Are New Heat Pumps More Energy Efficient?

October 28, 2021

With cold temperatures approaching, you might be thinking about how well your existing 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 save big on energy bills over its lifetime.

They're an all-in-one 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 interact to supply your heating and cooling.

We're going to go over this topic now, plus:

  • How air source heat pump efficiency ratings like SEER and HSPF affect 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 evaluates how efficient air source heat pumps are at using electricity for cooling. The greater the SEER, the more efficient 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 perform during the heating season. The better 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, because your heat pump won't have to run 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 regarded 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 rigorous 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 qualify for ENERGY STAR if they have:

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

How to Choose an Energy-Efficient Heat Pump

When selecting your heat pump's efficiency rating, just like any other household equipment, the most significant thing is to choose one that has an energy efficiency rating that fits your budget.

If your budget only fits a heat pump with lesser 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 regulations required air source heat pumps to have a 10 SEER rating.
  • That number increased to 13 from 2006 to 2014.
  • Today, a new heat pump should be at least 14 SEER.
  • So, switching from 10 SEER to 14 SEER will make a major difference on your energy bill.

It's also important to note that most heat pumps only last around 15-20 years with proper service. When yours starts to get close to this age, you'll want to think about replacing it.

In previous years, heat pumps were restricted to locations that didn't have cold climates, because of the way heat pumps work to pull heat from the air. Today's heat pump systems are also created to endure colder outdoor air and a cold climate during the winter. This lowers your dependence on a supplemental heat source, electric resistance heating or baseboard heaters during the heating season.

Upgrading your heat pump with Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating 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 affordable 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 costs down the road, it might be beneficial to check out new heat pump units.

At Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating we make upgrading an easy process by providing free estimate appointments for air source heat pumps. Just give us a call at 949-525-9119 to book yours now. We’re proud to offer heat pump installation in Laguna Niguel your friends and neighbors have trusted since 1972.