When it’s time to replace your heat pump, there are a number of things you should think about before making a judgement on a particular replacement heat pump. With your house and your family’s needs in mind, Ambient Air can help you choose the heat pump that will keep your home comfortable season after season.
Your heat pump might have a standard compressor or a two-speed compressor. With a standard compressor, the heat pump will run continually to keep your home’s air comfortable. A two-speed compressor may be a more efficient choice; it will run only as needed to keep your pre-set temperature. Because it’s not running as often, a two-speed compressor will typically last longer and demand fewer repairs than its standard compressor counterpart.
Whether you want to incorporate a zoning system with your replacement heat pump is another thing to consider. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your heat pump to condition the air in the areas you commonly use, rather than trying to keep the entire home at the same temperature. If you want additional information about zoning solutions for your home, Ambient Air can help.
Another critical part of selecting the best heat pump for your home is ensuring it’s the correct 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 have the capacity to sustain comfortable temps on the coldest or warmest Tucson days.
Last, but certainly not least, you need to know your heat pump’s energy efficiency rating. Heat pump efficiency is measured 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 more beneficial 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, it helps to do some initial research when searching for a replacement heat pump. But, you’re not in this alone. Ambient Air is happy to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Call us at 520-201-3871 or schedule an appointment with us online.