Everybody wants a good deal, especially when making a major purchase for their Edison home. People want their money’s worth. They want to feel like they got the best they could for the money they spent.
But how do you decide what the best option is, especially when choosing a product that you know little about, like a heat pump? The average homeowner does not spend a lot of time studying his heat pump or reading heat pump magazines for fun, so chances are you are not a heat pump expert. That’s understandable…but it doesn’t help you when you are trying to buy a new one and you want the best.
Fortunately, there some things you can look for to get clues about the quality of a heat pump and how well it suits your needs.
Efficiency is among the most important factors in choosing a heat pump in Edison. Because heat pumps can be used for both heating and cooling, they have two different efficiency ratings, one for each mode.
Your heat pump heating efficiency is measured with the heating season performance factor (HSPF). This rating compares the heat pumps estimated heating output with how much energy it consumes. In other words, how much heat you are going to get for the amount of energy needed to run the heat pump. The higher the HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump and the more energy you will save. Heat pumps produced today have at least a HSPF rating of 7.7, while the most efficient heat pumps you can get on the market have a HSPF of 10.
The rating system used to convey the cooling efficiency of a heat pump is the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). This is a simple numeric value that rates how efficient the unit is. Many new heat pumps carry a SEER of at least 12, while the most efficient models rate between 14 and 18.
While efficiency is important, it is just one factor. More efficient units are also more expensive, so you will want to consider the upfront cost. The most efficient units will pay for themselves in savings relatively quickly, but the purchase price is still important. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons when choosing a new Edison heat pump.
For more information about how to choose a new heat pump for your home, call Heritage Air & Heat today!