Ruud Heat Pump Live in year round comfort. A Ruud heat pump is a great solution for your home comfort system. Whether it's the hottest day of the summer or the coldest day in winter, heat pumps work day in and day out to provide your family with premium comfort.
How They Work A heat pump moves air depending on the season. Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space into a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm spaec warmer. Inverter Technology provides more heat to your home or office than ever before - even at colder temps. Because they move het rather than generate heat, the pump can provide up to four times the amount of energy they consume. Understanding efficiency is instrumental to making the right choice of heat pump.
A heat pump has two ratings to be aware of:
H.S.P.F. The HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is the most commonly used measure of the heating effcieincy of heat pumps. New heat pumps manufactured after 1005 are required to have an HSPF of at least 68. The most efficient heat pumps have an HSPF rating of at least 10. The HSPF is the heat pump's estimated seasonal heating output in BTU's divided by the amount of energy that it consumes (in watt hours). Typically, a high efficiency air conditioner heat pump pays for itself in savings in a few years.
SEER Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is the measurement for your air conditioner's cooling efficieny. Are you getting your money's worth out of your air conditioner? Determining the SEER rating of your unit will help. The higher a unit's energy efficiency translates to less money to keep you comfortable. In January 2006, it became manadatory for all cooling units to have a minimum SEER rating of 13.
Follow these steps to make sure you choose the right heat pump for your home:
1. Buy the most efficient system you can afford. Ruud has a broad range of heat pumps to choose from.
2. Have your system property sized. We will always make sure to properly size the equipment to match your home and your needs.
3. Seal your ducts. Be sure to have your heating contractor evaluate the condition of your duct work so you aren't losing energy and costing you money.
4. Properly maintain your heat pump. It's the most important thing you can do as a homeowner. Maintaining your heat pump will help it run at peak performance and extend the life of your equipment.
Choose a gas furnace wisely!
With 50% of your home's energy bill going towards heating and cooling, it makes sense to choose a gas furnace wisely. Chances are you didn't purchase or install your existing unit. Your personal needs may be different than the original owner's were. Perhaps the layout of the home has changed die to a remodel or how you are currently using the space. We will personally help you pick out the furnace to best fit your needs. The following are the things to consider when choosing a gas furnace:
Energy Efficiency Energy efficiencies have drastically improved over recent years. If you have a furnace that is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a higher efficiency furnace.
Sizing Furnace Nothing is more important than having your equipment properly sized. Many contractors don't know how to properly evaluate your home to make sure you get the best fit.
Proper Ventilation With new & improved efficiency furnaces, ventin venting, you want to make sure your duct work is sealed properly and venting properly.
Compare Costs As a general rule, higher efficiency units will cost more than lower efficiency units. However, over the life of the unit, a high efficiency gas unit will help pay for itself because of the annual savings in operating costs.