HVAC: Heat Pumps

Trane Heat Pump Illustration

Please take a look at the information we have for you on the new heat pumps available. You will notice how much you can save from the increased energy efficiency and will learn a little bit on how your system works. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email and we’ll gladly answer. Thank you for visiting.

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What is a Heat Pump?

A Heat pump uses electrical energy to condition a space in summer and also in the winter by reversing the refrigeration cycle. Refrigerant absorbs heat from the conditioned space in summer and rejects it outside and absorbs heat from outside in winter and rejects it in the conditioned space.

Energy Efficiency and Tax Credits

In 2011, the federal government is rewarding homeowners for installing energy efficient HVAC systems by offering a tax credit of up to $500. Please contact AbleAir-1 for more information.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has also determined that all new central AC units and heat pumps sold in the US must have a minimum of 13 SEER, a 30-percent increase in energy efficiency.

Common Energy Terms

  • COP: Coefficient of Performance
    A ratio calculated by dividing the total heating capacity provided by the heat pump, including circulating fan heat but excluding supplementary resistance heat (Btus per hour), by the total electrical input (watts) x 3.412.
  • EER: Energy Efficiency Ratio
    A ratio calculated by dividing the cooling capacity in Btus per hour (Btu/h) by the power input in watts at a given set of rating conditions, expressed in Btu/h per watt.
  • HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
    HSPF is typically used with heat pumps. The higher the HSPF rating, the more efficient a heat pump is at heating your building.
    * SEER: Seasonal energy efficiency ratio
    The SEER is the total cooling output provided by the unit during its normal annual usage compared to the total energy input in watt during the same period.
    * TON:
    Ton is a term used for capacity of air conditioning. 12000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) is equal to a ton of refrigeration. It takes a certain tonnage of refrigeration to cool down a house and it varies from house to house depends on verity of factors.

Heat Pump Documents/References