Heat Pumps – Heat Pumps are fueled by electric power to heat and cool your home, and their efficiency is measured in HSPF or SEER. HSPF measures the seasonal efficiency of the equipment’s consumption of energy in both the summer and winter. SEER measures the seasonal efficiency of an air conditioning system for the regional cooling temperatures in our area. The higher the HSPF/SEER rating the more efficient the equipment is and the less energy it uses to produce heating and cooling for your home.
Heat Pump systems are very efficient in terms of energy use, green, and provide great comfort in your home.
The current minimum rating for Heat Pump efficiency is 13 SEER efficient and can progress up to 20 SEER+ efficiency. Most Heat Pumps in homes today are between 8-10 SEER. That means if you replace them with a 13 SEER minimum system, the average savings would be about $332.00 or about 35% per year in operating costs of electricity. The higher the HSPF/SEER rating the more you are able to save.
The second feature which drives Heat Pump efficiency is the type of blower technology used. The basic Air Handlers have what is called a “constant volume” blower which is either 100% on or 100% off. The more efficient Heat Pump Systems have a “variable speed” blower which adjusts to the needs of the home and are very energy efficient and provide better comfort in the home. This technology takes into account the desired temperature, and the outside air condition/temperature and humidity level in the home, all of which make up the indoor comfort settings you are looking for to be comfortable and save money in the process.
To learn more about your Heat Pump options, call 704.509.1200 today.
Duke Energy provides rebates to customers who install energy efficient qualifying Heat Pumps in their single family, duplex, or mobile homes. Duke Energy Carolinas electric residential retail customers can receive incentives once the qualifying system is installed and operating.
Call us today at 704.509.1200 to discuss the Smart $aver program.