The popularity of heat pumps, especially ductless heat pumps
, has grown substantially in recent years. Heat pumps are dual purpose temperature control units capable of providing both heating and cooling functionality. They are an increasingly convenient and energy efficient alternative to air conditioners and furnaces.
Energy efficient heat pump technology has evolved dramatically producing a new generation of units well suited to our climate in New Jersey and South Eastern Pennsylvania. Until recently heat pumps had performed best in warmer climates. Todays advanced air source heat pumps are equipped for our cold winters and are available at all price points and levels of capacity. The convenience and capability of modern heat pumps to operate efficiently and provide long term energy savings make them an attractive solution for residential heating and cooling.
Heat pumps are capable of producing up to 3 times more heat energy than the energy consumed in the process. Unlike a combustion heating system that uses energy to convert fuel to heat, a heat pump simply transfers heat. The resulting efficiencies save you money while still delivering among the highest performance levels of climate control. Heating efficiency for heat pumps is measured by HSPF, the heating season performance factor. The HSPF is the space heating requirement (measured in Btu) divided by electricity consumed (watts per hour). Highly efficient heat pumps have an HSPF between 8 and 10.
Cooling efficiency is measured by SEER, the seasonal energy efficiency ratio. SEER is the cooling output (in Btu) divided by the electrical energy consumed (in watts per hour). Highly efficient heat pumps have an SEER between 14 and 18.