So, you’ve worked hard all day. You can’t wait to pull your shoes off, sit down and relax. You come home expecting to relax in a cool home. But as you enter your home, you are met with a blast of hot air.
You call your heating/ac company. The technician shows up and after working on your system, he tells you your unit is dead.
So, do you buy a new air conditioner or a new heat pump?
The answer to that question depends on where you live. Basically, the primary difference is that a heat pump can both heat and cool.
Air Conditioning Unit: If you live in a warmer climate where you don’t need to heat your home, just an air conditioning unit would be your best option. You will want to get a air conditioner with a high season energy efficiency ratio (SEER) so that it is the most energy efficient.
Heat Pump: If you live in a climate that has a moderate spring and fall with hot summers, then a heat pump would be a good choice. It basically transfer the heat from one place to another. A heat pump heats best down to about 40 degrees and is rather inexpensive to run especially if you get one that has an Energy Star seal.
One thing you need to look out before you buy a heat pump is it’s HSFP (look for rating of 8 to 10) and SEER rating (look for rating between 14 & 18).
HSFP is Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. This calculates the ratio of energy pumped indoors for heating to energy used for heating. This is important to know if you heat your home more during the year than you cool it.
SEER is Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It is the ratio of how much energy is pumped outside in cooling mode divided by the electricity used for cooling.
Having high HSFP and SEER rating will show a higher efficient system.
If you have any more questions, please call our office.