Heat pumps are a popular option for Watkinsville, GA, homeowners because of their efficient heating, air conditioning, and humidity control. If you’re considering a new heat pump, here are three things to look for to ensure maximum performance and energy efficiency.

Efficiency Ratings

Because heat pumps perform two functions — heating and cooling — they have two efficiency ratings. The SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) measures the cooling efficiency. The HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) measures the heating efficiency. A higher SEER and HSPF rating means greater efficiency.

Federal guidelines require a minimum SEER rating of 14 for the Watkinsville area. In 2022, the minimum SEER increases to 15. At Phelps Heating & Air, we carry heat pumps with SEER ratings up to 21.

Variable Speed Motor

A variable-speed blower motor in your air handler enhances airflow throughout your home. Unlike fixed speed (on or off) and multi-speed motors (different fixed speeds), variable-speed motors power on at low speed, and then automatically adjust based on the demand. This incremental adjustment controls humidity better and eliminates inconsistent temperatures. Because variable-speed blowers run on low to medium speed 90 percent of the time, you consume less energy and save on utility bills.

2-stage Compressor

Two-stage compressors operate on the same concept as a variable speed motor. Instead of your compressor running full blast, 2-stage compressors have a high setting for extremely hot or cold days and a low setting for milder days. The compressor automatically adjusts to the setting needed. While a 2-stage compressor runs more often, you save money because you eliminate the enormous power consumption required each time the compressor kicks on. Reducing its workload means a longer lifespan for your compressor.

If you need a new heat pump, check out the heat pump services we offer at Phelps Heating & Air or call (770) 288-5346. Our heat pump pros can help you discover which option will work best for your Watkinsville, GA, home.

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