Choosing a Heat Pump
As cold as it gets outside, you'll heat up the productivity indoors. Rheem has the most comprehensive, feature-loaded lineup in the heating industry. Our super-efficient technology provides savings on both gas and electricity. Whatever Rheem heating option you choose, you can depend on energy-saving, cost-effective, reliable performance for years to come.
Are Some Heat Pumps Better Than Others?
Naturally, energy efficiency is important. But when making your selection, remember low operating costs are little comfort if service and repair bills are high. Don't be sold on energy efficiency alone.
What Should I Know About SEER and HSPF?
The Department of Energy requires all air-conditioning and heating equipment manufacturers to evaluate and rate the efficiency of their equipment on a seasonal basis. These ratings are known as the SEER or, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, for air conditioners, and the HSPF or, Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, for heating equipment.
Heat pumps use both numbers. The higher the SEER or HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump. High-efficiency units cost more. But since operating costs are lower, the payback period may be shorter than you realize. A high SEER/HSPF heat pump also can add value to your home which is important to today's energy-conscious home buyers.
Are Exterior Features Important?
Absolutely. Look for features such as a louvered, galvanized steel cabinet to protect the condensing unit from outdoor hazards. And make sure the cabinet is powder-painted with a high-quality enamel for improved durability and appearance.
What Kind of Coils Should I Look For?
Look for aluminum tubing in the evaporator and copper tubing condensing coil. Copper tubing is a good conductor of heat and is rugged and proven in outdoor coils, and is easily repairable. Aluminum has become the standard for indoor coils because of its resistance to corrosion and its longer service life.
Are Some Brands Quieter Than Others?
With some units, the outdoor fan can be a bothersome source of noise. Rheem units have a grille design that minimizes air restriction which allows the fan to operate more quietly. Also, the fan is mounted on the underside of the grille. This protects it from the elements and it directs airflow upward, away from plants and shrubbery