What You Should Think About When Replacing Your Heat Pump

February 26, 2019

When it’s time to look for a new heat pump, there are several things you should weigh before making a judgement on a particular replacement heat pump. With your space and your family’s needs in mind, Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can help you select the heat pump that will keep your home comfy season after season.

Compressor Speed
Your heat pump could have a standard compressor or a two-speed compressor. With a standard compressor, the heat pump will run nonstop to keep your home’s air comfortable. A two-speed compressor may be a more efficient option; it will run only as needed to maintain your pre-set temperature. Because it’s not running as often, a two-speed compressor will usually last longer and need fewer repairs than its standard compressor counterpart.

Zoning
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement heat pump is another feature to discuss. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your heat pump to condition the air in the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want further information about zoning possibilities for your home, Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can help.

Size
Another important part of picking the best heat pump for your home is confirming it’s the right size. If your heat pump is too large for your home’s comfort needs, it will waste a lot of energy endlessly cycling on and off. If your heat pump is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest or warmest Laguna Niguel days.

Efficiency
Last, but certainly not least, you need to know your heat pump’s energy efficiency rating. Heat pump efficiency is calculated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). According to Consumer Reports, a higher SEER is more important in warmer climates, but a higher HSPF is ideal in colder climates. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, you should consider buying a heat pump that is at least 15 SEER and 8.5 HSPF. For the most efficient heat pumps, look for 18 to 27.5 SEER and 8.5 to 12.5 HSPF.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when looking for a replacement heat pump. But, we can help. Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating is happy to answer all of your questions and help you pick a furnace that suits your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 949-525-9119 or schedule an appointment with us online.