Are Some Heat Pumps Better Than Others?

Many people will tell you that energy efficiency is the most important factor when choosing a heat pump. We don’t disagree that energy efficiency is important. However, we’ve also found that energy-efficient heat pumps tend to require more maintenance. Don’t forget that lower energy costs can quickly be offset by more frequent service and repair bills. In essence, don’t be sold on energy efficiency alone.

The Ruud heat pumps we offer feature the Compliant Scroll® Compressor, an industry-leading compressor, in its entire residential heat pump line.

What Should I Know About SEER and HSPF?

The Department of Energy requires that all air-conditioning and heating equipment manufacturers evaluate and rate the efficiency of their equipment on a seasonal basis. These ratings are known as the SEER or, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, for air conditioners, and the HSPF or, Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, for heating equipment.

Heat pumps use both numbers. The higher the SEER or HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump. High-efficiency units cost more, butut since operating costs are lower, the payback period may be shorter than you realize. A high SEER/HSPF heat pump also can add value to your home, which is important to today’s energy-conscious home buyers.

Are Exterior Features Important?

Absolutely. Look for features such as a louvered, galvanized steel cabinet to protect the condensing unit from outdoor hazards, and make sure the cabinet is powder-painted with high-quality enamel for improved durability and appearance.

Are Some Brands Quieter Than Others?

With some units, the outdoor fan can be a bothersome source of noise. The Ruud units we offer have a grille design that minimizes air restriction, which allows the fan to operate more quietly. The fan is also mounted on the underside of the grille to protect it from the elements and direct airflow upward, away from plants and shrubbery. Call Integrity Comfort Systems now to learn more about our heat pumps, and get a free quote on an installation!