High Efficiency Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are ideal in climates that require moderate heating and cooling and are an excellent alternative to air conditioners and furnaces. Investing in a high efficiency heat pump not only ensures comfortable climate control all year round but also helps you save more on your energy bills.

If you’re planning to buy a high efficiency heat pump for your home, you’re on the right page. Use this handy guide to learn more about the top brands that offer high efficiency heat pumps and their costs. Also, find out the essential metrics used to measure the energy efficiency of these units and the benefits you get when investing in a high efficiency heat pump.

Benefits of a high efficiency heat pump

Replacing your old heating and cooling system with a high efficiency heat pump can offer numerous benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  • Since heat pumps can provide cooling and heating, there is no need to have two separate systems for climate control requirements.
  • A high efficiency heat pump will also offer significant savings on your monthly energy bills as it will consume less electricity compared to the older air conditioner and furnace models.
  • Depending on the area you live in, a high efficiency heat pump meeting the SEER rating requirements is also eligible for tax credits and rebates.
  • These energy efficient units can also offer more precise temperature and humidity control.
  • Many heat pump units also come with smart home features that offer advanced temperature and humidity control capabilities and offer ways to save more energy.

High efficiency heat pump cost savings

The cost of a high efficiency heat pump depends on several factors such as the type of unit, size of the unit, installation complexity and additional services and upgrades. Below is a breakdown of all the costs that you should consider when selecting a high efficiency heat pump, with a SEER rating of 18+ and an HSPF of 9.5+, for your home or office.

  • Average Unit Cost: $6,000 – $13,000
  • Average Installation Cost: $350 – $500
  • Annual Energy Cost: $560 – $798
  • Monthly Savings on Energy Bills: $100 – $335 (Compared against a less efficient system with an annual energy cost of $895)

According to the Federal Energy Management Program, an ENERGY STAR qualified heat pump can save up to $1,208 compared to the less efficient model.  Similarly, a highly efficient heat pump with a SEER of 26.1 and HSPF of 11.0 can provide lifetime cost savings up to $4,171.

If you compare these values with the purchase and installation cost, a high-efficiency heat pump will start paying for itself within 3-5 years.

How is heat pump efficiency measured?

The performance of a heat pump is expressed as a Coefficient of Performance (COP), which is a ratio of heat output to the total energy input. For example, a heat pump producing 3kW heating or cooling output requires 1 kW of electrical energy. So, the COP for this heat pump will be 3.

However, COP isn’t the only metric used to gauge the efficiency of the heat pump. You should also consider other performance parameters when selecting a high efficiency heat pump for your home or office.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

SEER is one of the standard metrics used to evaluate the efficiency of cooling systems such as air conditioners and heat pumps. It is the ratio of total cooling output in BTU (British Thermal Unit) during a typical cooling season to the total electrical input (in watt-hours) during the same season. A heat pump with higher SEER will be more efficient and offer better energy savings.

The minimum standard SEER rating is 13.0 for units sold in the U.S. Most modern heat pumps have SEER ratings ranging from 13-21. A system with a SEER above 20.0 is considered highly efficient and will offer significant savings on your utility bills.

Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)

While SEER offers performance insights about the cooling efficiency, HSPF is a metric commonly used to measure the heating efficiency of the heat pumps. Here, the ratio is the total heating output during a typical heating season (in BTU) to the total electricity consumed (in watt-hours) during the same season.

Similar to SEER, a higher HSPF rating translates to a more efficient heat pump. While the HSPF in the range of 5-7 is considered acceptable, a high-efficiency heat pump can have HSPF ratings of 9 or higher and can offer better efficiency and savings on your monthly energy bills.

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High efficiency heat pump brands

Here’s a list of some of the high efficiency heat pump models offered by the top HVAC brands:

Amana

AVZC20

  • SEER – Up to 21.0 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • Recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020
  • Variable-speed compressor offering optimum comfort all year round
  • Exclusive ComfortBridge technology to continuously monitor system performance
  • Advanced diagnostics reduces failures and detects trouble spots quickly

ASZC18

  • SEER – Up to 18.5 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • ENERGY STAR certified unit
  • High-efficiency two-stage compressor helps lower energy costs
  • Advanced diagnostics monitors system health continuously

American Standard

AccuComfort Platinum 20 Heat Pump

AccuComfort Platinum 18 Heat Pump

Bryant

Evolution Extreme Variable-Speed 280A

  • SEER – Up to 20.5 | HSPF – Up to 13.0
  • Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR in 2020
  • Variable speed compressor for optimal temperature control and more energy savings
  • Intelligent control to optimize humidity

Preferred 2-stage Heat Pump 226A

  • SEER – Up to 17.0 | HSPF – Up to 9.5
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Two-stage scroll compressor offers consistent comfort cycles and better savings
  • Can be paired with matching gas furnace to enhance winter efficiencies

Carrier

Infinity 20 Heat Pump 25VNA0

  • SEER – Up to 20.5 | HSPF – Up to 13.0
  • Greenspeed Intelligence technology adjusts cooling and heating output according to the needs and offers better savings
  • Variable speed compressor provides optimum comfort and keeps operation quiet
  • Optimal humidity and temperature control ensures better energy efficiency

Infinity 16 Heat Pump 25HNB6

  • SEER – Up to 17.0 | HSPF – Up to 9.5
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Two-stage compressor offers precise temperature control and greater energy efficiency

Coleman

Echelon Series HC20

  • SEER – Up to 20.0 | HSPF – Up to 11.0
  • Efficient variable-speed compressor offering optimum comfort and energy savings
  • Exclusive Climate Connect technology to maximize efficiency and offer improved comfort

LX Series CH6

  • SEER – Up to 17.0 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • Single-stage compressor meets the comfort needs all year round
  • Optimized coil design for efficient heat transfer

Goodman

GSZC18

  • SEER – Up to 19.0 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Two-stage scroll compressor ensures optimum climate control while better energy savings
  • ComfortBridge technology to continuously monitor system performance

GSZC16

  • SEER – Up to 16.0 | HSPF – Up to 9.7
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Two-stage scroll compressor offers energy savings without compromising on performance
  • ComfortBridge technology for monitoring system performance continuously

Lennox

Signature Collection XP25

  • SEER – Up to 23.5 | HSPF – Up to 10.2
  • Recognized as Most Energy Efficient of ENERGY STAR in 2020
  • Variable speed compressor with PreciseComfort technology offers optimum temperature and humidity control while saving more energy
  • On-board diagnostics monitors and pinpoints trouble points quickly

Elite Series XP20

  • SEER – Up to 20.0 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • Recognized as Most Energy Efficient of ENERGY STAR in 2020
  • Variable speed compressor offers precise temperature control and energy savings
  • On-board diagnostics for system health monitoring and easy troubleshooting

Rheem

Prestige Series: Variable Speed (RP20)

  • SEER – Up to 20.0 | HSPF – Up to 11.0
  • Variable speed scroll compressor provides optimum temperature and humidity control
  • Compatible with the smart home system for better comfort control and energy savings

Classic Plus Series: Three-Stage (RP17)

  • SEER – Up to 18.5 | HSPF – Up to 8.5
  • Variable speed compressor with three-stage technology offers optimum comfort all year round while saving more energy
  • Compatible with EcoNet, the company’s smart home system that allows better control and energy savings

Ruud

Econet Enabled Ultra Series Variable Speed (UP20)

  • SEER – Up to 20.0 | HSPF – Up to 11.0
  • Variable speed compressor provides precise temperature and humidity control with better energy savings
  • Comes with smart control for better airflow control and maximum energy efficiency

Econet Enabled Achiever Plus Series Three-Stage (UP17)

  • SEER – Up to 17.0 | HSPF – Up to 8.5
  • Variable speed compressor with a three-stage operation for optimum comfort and energy savings
  • Optimized reversing valve offers better shifting performance and keeps operation quiet
  • Compatible with EcoNet smart home system for ideal comfort and greater energy efficiency

Trane

XV20i Variable Speed

  • SEER – Up to 20.0 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • Recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in 2020
  • Variable speed compressor with 750 different stages of comfort offering the highest efficiency
  • ComfortLink communicating technology automatically calibrates the system for optimal performance and efficiency

XV18 Variable Speed

  • SEER – Up to 18.0 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • Variable speed compressor provides optimum comfort with maximum efficiency
  • ComfortLink communicating technology automatically configures the system to provide the best performance and efficiency

York

Affinity Series YZH

  • SEER – Up to 18.0 | HSPF – Up to 10.0
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Two-stage compressor offering high energy efficiency and optimum comfort

LX Series YHM

  • SEER – Up to 16.0 | HSPF – Up to 9.0
  • ENERGY STAR qualified
  • Variable speed compressor offering optimum temperature and humidity control with energy savings

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