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Choosing an Energy-efficient Heat Pump

It’s easy to choose an energy-efficient heat pump with the EnerGuide Rating System for heating and cooling equipment. For the heating mode, refer to the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF).The rating for the cooling mode is the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). These figures, found in manufacturers' brochures, are designed to help you make an informed choice when buying a heat pump.

ENERGY STAR for Heating and Cooling Equipment

ENERGY STAR is the international symbol that stands for energy efficiency. It is designed to help consumers quickly identify products that save energy.

Heating and cooling account for nearly half the energy you use in your home. When properly designed and installed, ENERGY STAR designated heating and cooling equipment typically saves 15 percent or more on heating and cooling bills each year. How much you save will depend on where you live and how much you pay for your energy source, but in any case energy savings will pay for themselves over the life of the equipment.

Manufacturers or retailers place the ENERGY STAR symbol on models shown to meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR energy-efficiency criteria. Today, most leading manufacturers of home heating and cooling equipment are producing high-efficiency systems that qualify for the ENERGY STAR symbol.

You can usually locate the ENERGY STAR symbol on the back of the manufacturer’s brochures, beside the EnerGuide rating box. Use the EnerGuide rating to determine the SEER and HSPF ratings and locate the ENERGY STAR symbol to find the most efficient product available for you.

ENERGY STAR qualified air-source heat pumps are about 20% more efficient than standard models.

Ground-source heat pumps use the thermal energy of the ground or groundwater to provide a source of heating and/or cooling for a home. There are three basic types: 1) closed loop; 2) open loop; and 3) direct expansion. ENERGY STAR qualified ground-source heat pumps must meet or exceed specified premium EER and COP levels.