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Heat Pump SEER

Heat pumps with high a SEER rating are designed to use less energy; investment returns higher.Heat PumpS

As a homeowner, you’re thinking it’s time to replace your existing air conditioning system and have been reading a lot about heat pumps. But, try as you might, the light hasn't come on yet in understanding how heat pumps work.

If so, it may help to think of a heat pump as having the same compressor-driven attributes your freezer or refrigerator...except in the opposite direct. For example, a heat pump puts heated air back into your home by bringing in cooler air from outside and vice-versa.

A Seattle HVAC professional will size a heat pump to your living space, using SEER ratings to determine the system’s cooling efficiency that will meet your budget---refer to the Energy Guide labeling for the rating.

In general, the higher the SEER rating, the higher the cost of the heat pump. However, homeowners can usually expect getting their initial investment back...and then some...over the life of the system.

In short, a SEER=12 central heat pump will use half of the energy to provide the same level of cooling, say, then an older air conditioning system rated at SEER=6.

Other factors affecting the operating efficiency include the outdoor location of the unit: Protect it from the high winds that may bring on defrosting issues with the unit. In fact, placing a fence or shrubbery upwind of the unit’s coils can help in blocking out the high winds.

Contact us here to learn about heat pumps Seattle homes work best with and see how to cut your energy costs.

David Brown -President

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