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High Efficiency Heat Pumps

Your home or business's air conditioning system helps you stay comfortably cool inside on even the hottest of summer days. Whether you're shopping for a replacement unit or an entirely new system, choosing a high-efficiency heat pump is one of the best ways to cut down on energy costs while meeting your cooling needs. Because heat pump energy usage is lower than that of standard AC units, many consumers even find that they enjoy enhanced comfort while still saving on utility bills.

Choosing A High Efficiency Heat Pump

Heat pumps provide a unique solution to your home heating and cooling needs. During the cooling season, these pumps first move warm air out of your home and then replace it with cool, treated air. During the heating season, the operation is reversed so that cold air is removed from your home before warm air is pumped back inside. In addition to providing for both your heating and cooling needs, these pumps are also considered the most energy-efficient option on today's consumer market. Remember that you'll get the most out of your new heat pump when you use it with a ductless HVAC system.

Understanding Heat Pump Ratings

If you've already started shopping for heat pumps, you've likely noticed that several different efficiency ratings are listed for each device. Understanding what these ratings mean will help you find a unit that offers efficient, reliable operation. Familiarize yourself with these terms before you begin shopping:

  • SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings tell consumers how efficiently heat pumps cool during the cooling season. All new heat pumps must have a rating of at least 13. Choose a unit with a higher rating to enjoy higher efficiency.
  • Energy Star ratings are designed to guide consumers towards energy-efficient appliances. Make sure to carefully read Energy Star labels on the units that you are considering buying. These labels often provide information about the average yearly running cost for an appliance.
  • CEE (consortium for energy efficiency) Tier ratings are designed to help consumers easily identify efficient appliances. Items that have been assigned to tiers two, three and four are considered very efficient. An additional, advanced tier certification is awarded to some products designed for commercial use.
  • HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) ratings tell consumers how efficiently heat pumps produce heat during the cold months. All new units must have ratings of at least 8.6. The higher the ratings, the more efficient the heat pump.

Some consumers are wary of buying heat pumps because they can cost slightly more than central air conditioning units. However, it's important to remember that you'll enjoy increased energy savings over time when you purchase one of these efficient units. Your investment today will help ensure lower utility bills in the future.

Shopping for Efficient Ductless Heat Pumps

Before you start shopping for heat pumps, take time to consider your personal heating and cooling needs. Make a list of the features that you need in a heat pump so that you make a wise purchasing decision. Remember that your local Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor will be happy to assist you as you shop for a ductless heat pump. Your contractor can also complete load calculations to ensure that you are buying a unit that is correctly sized for your home or business.

Finding The Right Mitsubishi Electric High Efficiency Heat Pump for Your Needs

Energy Star heat pumps offer excellent reliability with low operating costs. As you shop, pay careful attention to annual operating cost projections and other efficiency ratings. Consumers who are looking for heat pumps that are effective but inexpensive to run should focus on these three Mitsubishi Electric models:

BTUs: 9,000
SEER: 21

Model: SUZ-KA09NA
BTUs: 8,400
SEER: 14.5

Model: SLZ-KA09NA
BTUs: 8,400
SEER: 14.5

You can enjoy even greater energy savings by shopping for a heat pump that is eligible for manufacturer rebates, incentives or federal tax credits. Your factory-authorized dealer can provide you with information about manufacturer credits and other incentives. Your local utility company will be able to provide you with information about rebates, credits and other incentives offered in your municipal area. Both your dealer and your utility company should be able to provide you with information about state-wide credits and incentives as well.

Taking Advantage of Heat Pump Energy Credits

Of course, many consumers save big by choosing heat pumps that help them qualify for 25C federal tax credits. If you buy a qualifying appliance, you will be able to take a credit that helps to reduce your overall income tax burden. This program is currently slated to run through the end of 2013. You must make new HVAC purchases on or before December 31, 2013, in order to qualify for these federal tax credits. As you shop, remember that all 24 of Mitsubishi Electric's ductless heat pumps are Energy Star approved and qualify for heat pump energy credits.

Working with Ductless Heat Pump Specialists

Choosing a new heat pump for your home or business might seem like a daunting process. You'll enjoy peace of mind and can rest assured that you're making the best purchasing decision possible when you work with one of your local Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractors. Your contractor will act as your guide while you explore your heat pump options.