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2014 Cost Advantages of a High SEER Heat Pump

Today’s best heat pumps are very efficient, and installing one in your home can lead to dramatic reductions in energy use. Consumer demand has fueled the production of energy-miser heat pumps, and you can take advantage.

Here’s how an energy efficient heat pump will save you money throughout the year, every year.

Lower your Energy Bills Every Month

When surveyed, cutting heating and air conditioning costs is the primary reason consumers give for choosing a heat pump with excellent energy efficiency.

On average, homeowners are reducing their heating and cooling costs by 30 to 40 percent. It’s easy to see how they’re doing it. Heat pumps built 15 to 25 years ago offer top SEER efficiencies of 8 to 14.

In contrast, today’s most efficient heat pumps come with SEER ratings of 20 or higher. Here are some of the most efficient among the top-rated brands:

  • Lennox 23.5 SEER XP25 Heat Pump
  • Maytag PSH4BI 22 SEER Heat Pump
  • Carrier Infinity 25VNAO 20.5 SEER Heat Pump
  • Trane XV20i 20 SEER Heat Pump:, 10 HSPF
  • Heil DXT+ 19 SEER Heat Pump
  • Goodman DSZC 18 SEER Heat Pump

You’ll find heat pump reviews for most of those models on this site.

Do the Math to Determine Potential Energy Savings

Let’s look at SEER ratings for air conditioning. The results are similar with HSPF ratings for heating. Here’s how much you can save:

  • Old: 10 SEER, New: 16 SEER. Savings 37%
  • Old: 8 SEER, New: 14 SEER. Savings 44%
  • Old: 10 SEER, New: 18 SEER. Savings 45%
  • Old: 8 SEER, New: 20 SEER. Savings 60%

Pie charts showing home energy use allocate about 45 percent of it to heating and cooling. It’s more in areas with extreme weather, less in temperate climates.

Using your energy bills, you can easily estimate what your energy savings will be by replacing an old heat pump with a new, energy efficient model.

In cold climates, you might want to consider a dual fuel heat pump. The system will have a gas furnace too. When the temperature drops into the low 30s, the system will automatically switch to the gas furnace, since heat pumps don’t work well in very cold temperatures. When the temperature rises, the system will switch back to the heat pump which is more efficient.

Local Utility Rebates for Efficient Heat Pumps

A second way to save money on the installation of a heat pump is through local utility rebates given to consumers who install efficient HVAC equipment. Check with your utility or visit to see if rebates are offered where you live.

Get Free, No-Obligation Estimates

We’ll help you save money on the equipment and installation of your new heat pump. Use the form on this page to receive three written estimates from pre-screened, local contractors who know they’re competing for the work. There is no cost to you, and you’re not obligated to take any of these qualified contractor bids.

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