Are you considering installing a heat pump (also known as “mini-split”) to keep your home comfortable all year round, but unsure which option is best? In this article, Conforto’s heating and air conditioning experts will walk you through the key factors to consider when selecting your heat pump.

Discover the significance of Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. You will also learn about the importance of ENERGY STAR® certification, which may qualify you for subsidies when purchasing your heat pump. But first, let’s clarify what distinguishes a heat pump from an air conditioner.

Air Conditioner vs. Heat Pump: Understanding the Differences

Before purchasing a heat pump, the first decision to make is determining whether you need an air conditioner or a heat pump. While air conditioners are designed solely for cooling your home or business during the hot months, mini-splits offer both heating and cooling, making them a more versatile option that adapts to every season.

Why Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) Matters

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) metric measures the energy efficiency of a heat pump or air conditioner when used for cooling. An inefficient system can result in higher energy bills and suboptimal cooling of your HVAC solution. The higher the SEER, the more efficient your mini-split is, and the less energy it consumes to keep your environment comfortable. We recommend choosing a SEER of 20 or higher to maximize your savings.

Understanding the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) Metric

The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) metric is an important factor to consider when choosing a heat pump with heating capability. AFUE measures the heating system’s energy efficiency. A higher AFUE percentage indicates better system efficiency and reduced fuel consumption. Opt for a high AFUE percentage to save energy and lower your energy bills. 

Remember to regularly maintain your mini-split for optimal AFUE performance!

Opt for an ENERGY STAR® Certified Heat Pump

The ENERGY STAR® certification is an important seal of approval to look for when purchasing a heat pump. Heating and cooling appliances certified by ENERGY STAR® are tested and verified to meet strict energy efficiency standards. They can help you save on your energy bills and qualify you for government rebates and incentives when purchasing your heat pump.

Specifically, this Canadian certification helps you save energy when using your heat pump, as ENERGY STAR® certified HVAC solutions rank among the top 15% to 30% of the most efficient products in their category.

Moreover, the ENERGY STAR® certification enables you to save money, as reducing your energy consumption leads to lower electricity bills.

In conclusion, choosing the right heat pump requires careful evaluation of your heating and cooling needs as well as the appliance’s energy efficiency. By considering the SEER, AFUE, and ENERGY STAR® certification, you can make an informed decision that helps you save money and reduce energy consumption.

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