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How to Prepare for a Heat Pump Installation

Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 8:30 am

When it comes time for you to get a heat pump installed in your Melbourne, FL home, it can be a stressful time. There are a lot of things to think about. A heat pump is an important part of your home and you want to make the right decision. Often it can be helpful to get the opinion of a professional heating contractor to help you make the decision and to prepare for the installation. We’ve outlined a few of the considerations you might want to take into account as you move forward with this process.

Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings

One of the most confusing parts of looking for a new heat pump is the efficiency ratings that are shown on the units. There are a lot of acronyms and it’s hard to keep them straight. Here are two common ratings that are used for heat pumps and what they mean.

  • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) – This rating is used to measure the heating efficiency of heat pumps. This rating is obtained by measuring the heating output of a heat pump over an entire season and dividing it by the amount of energy consumed.
  • Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and/or Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) – The SEER and the EER are used to measure cooling. The SEER measures cooling efficiency over an entire season while the EER measures it at a particular moment under specific conditions.

Sizing Your Heat Pump

The size of the heat pump that you end up getting installed is one of the most critical aspects of the process. If you get a heat pump that is too small for your Melbourne home, it won’t be able to keep up with the heating or cooling demands on your home. This is obviously an inefficient way to heat and cool your home. But if you get a heat pump that’s too big, it can also run inefficiently as it is constantly turning on and off to heat and cool your home. This is an area where the services of a professional Melbourne heating and air conditioning contractor can be indispensable. They can measure the volume of air that you’ll need to heat or cool and then guide to the right sized unit.

When it’s time for you to have a new heat pump installed at your home in Melbourne, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Next Generation. We have experience working with all types and brands of heat pumps. We take pride in our work and in our customer service. Give us a call today and talk with one of our highly trained heating technicians.


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