Like most homeowners, you probably use a home comfort system to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home throughout the year. Among savvy homeowners, heat pumps have become a more and more popular heating and cooling option. Because heat pumps transfer ambient heat from one area to another, they are able to keep your home comfortable with greater efficiency than many of their more traditional counterparts. Like any heating and air conditioning system, though, it is important that you find the right heat pump for your home to reap its full benefits. Here are a few tips from General Air Conditioning to make your San Antonio heat pump installation a real success.
First of all, it is important to understand that, while heat pumps are renowned for their efficiency, not all heat pumps operate as efficiently as others. That is why it is important to consider the energy efficiency ratings of the heat pump in question, just as you would any other HVAC system. There are 2 numbers that you must take into account, the SEER and the HSPF.
The SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) indicates how efficiently your heat pump will cool your home during the cooling season. The HSPF (heating season performance factor) reflects how efficiently it will heat your home. In both cases, you want to invest in a system with the highest ratings that you can afford. The most efficient heat pumps boast a SEER between 14 and 18, while a highly efficient HSPF falls between 8 and 10.
Of course, if your system is not properly sized for your home then you cannot really expect to get a great performance from it, regardless of its efficiency ratings. Have a professional heat pump technician determine how big your heat pump should be to operate as efficiently as possible. An undersized system will struggle to reach target temperatures, while an oversized system will do so too quickly. This will cause it to cycle on and off frequently, reducing efficiency while increasing the risk of damages.
To learn more about find the right heat pump for your home, contact General Air Conditioning. We are happy to help you keep your home comfortable as efficiently and reliably as possible. Call any time to speak with one of our San Antonio heat pump specialists.