Lower your energy bill by upgrading your heat pump to a more efficient model. Thankfully, demand for these types of heat pumps has increased the amount of options available when seeking an energy-efficient upgrade. Most homeowners say that cutting heating and air conditioning costs is the primary reason they choose to install an energy efficient heat pump. Once installed, these units can save homeowners an average of 30 to 40 percent off their utility bills. Heat pumps have changed quite a bit in the last 15 to 25 years. In that past, they typically had an SEER of 8 to 14. Today, the most efficient heat pumps come with SEER ratings of 20 or higher.
Here are some of the most efficient units among the top-rated brands:
- Lennox 23.5 SEER XP25 Heat Pump
- Maytag PSH4BI 22 SEER Heat Pump
- Carrier Infinity 25VNAO 20.5 SEER Heat Pump
- Trane XV20i 20 SEER Heat Pump, 10 HSPF
- Heil DXT+ 19 SEER Heat Pump
- Goodman DSZC 18 SEER Heat Pump
Let’s compare SEER ratings for air conditioning. Here are a few examples of old SEER ratings and potential new ratings:
- Old: 10 SEER, New: 16 SEER. Savings 37%
- Old: 8 SEER, New: 14 SEER. Savings 44%
- Old: 10 SEER, New: 18 SEER. Savings 45%
- Old: 8 SEER, New: 20 SEER. Savings 60%
Heating and cooling a home accounts for about 45 percent of its energy use, depending on the climate and size of the home. Homeowners in cold climates may want to consider a dual fuel heat pump. These have a gas furnace so that when the outside temperature dips below 30 degrees, the system will automatically switch to the gas furnace. As temperatures rise, the system automatically reverts back to the more efficient heat pump. Some local utilities offer rebates for energy efficient upgrades to your home, including heating and cooling upgrades. Contact your local utility company to find out what’s available in your area. We also recommend using a professional HVAC contractor to install your new AC unit. Find contractors that provide affordable, high-quality installation by filling out the no-obligation form below.