What to Look For When Choosing a Heat Pump
- Choose an Efficient Product. The energy efficiency of heat pump products is rated in SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) and HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor). The higher the numbers are, the more energy efficient the system is. Generally, you would want to look for a product with a SEER of 17 or higher, and a HSPF of 10 or higher.
- Size Your Heat Pump for Proper Operation. Often the existing systems installed in California homes are over-sized for the heating and cooling needs of homes. Instead of just putting in a heat pump that has the same heating and cooling capacity (measures in BTUs), ask your contractor about sizing the heat pump based on your energy needs. This is typically done with what is called Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) “Manual J” in the heating and cooling industry.
- Get Smart with a Smart Thermostat. Increase your savings with a “smart” thermostat that optimizes your heating and cooling needs based on the home you live in and your daily patterns. Better yet? SCP offers a $50 discount off Google Nest and ecobee products.
- Consider energy efficiency before installing your heat pump. By adding insulation to your home, sealing leaks in the home’s exterior, or replacing windows and doors you can decrease the heating and cooling needs for your home, allowing you to buy a smaller heat pump system.
- In the past, heat pumps were more appropriate for warmer climates. But in recent years, the technology has improved, so they’re now viable for colder regions, such as the upper parts of the Northeast and Midwest. However, you may need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures in your area drops below 10 degrees F to 25 degrees F (depending on your system’s size).
- Heat Pumps may be eligible for up to a 30% tax credit! Check with your local tax professional to learn more.