What are energy star ratings?
These are awarded by a government agency that focuses on improvisation of the energy efficiency of homes and businesses all over the world. They also encourage the use of renewable energy. The Energy Star Rating product sign is acclaimed to those products which excel in the energy efficiency in their own category. If you find the Energy Star Rating sticker on an appliance you bought or about to buy, make sure you look out for the number of stars. The more the stars, the better.
Heat pumps are one of the most cost and energy saving ways to heat your home by electronic means. We recommend you to look out for the ducted heating Energy Star Ratings sticker. The more the stars, the better it is when it comes to energy efficiency. Red stars are for efficiency in heating, whereas blue for cooling. The heat pump label bears two numbers that can divulge more about the performance of the heat pump.
- Capacity output – the amount of heating or cooling (kW) the heat pump will provide.
- Power input – the amount of power the heat pump uses (kW) to produce the cool or hot air.
You can also calculate the energy efficiency of the heat pumps by the following measures. The higher the ratio, the better:
- Coefficient of Performance (COP) – the ratio between the heating power input and capacity output
- Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) – the ratio between the cooling input and output
Checklist to selecting an efficient heat pump for your home
- First things first. Check the insulation. Begin it with your ceiling and floor. You can buy a heat pump smaller in size and you can heat and cool your home effectively and by cutting down on the energy bills too.
- Choose a high-quality brand. It should at least have a 5-year warranty on parts as well as the labor.
- Make sure its size fits with the room you want to hit. If the size is too small, it will cost you more to operate and will not provide enough heat when needed.
- Ensure that it is properly installed with the practice guideline of standards when installing the heat pump installation. Determining the current location of both indoor and outdoor units is essential for optimum performance.
Author Bio – Sharon Pulbrook writes for Aspen Air. The family has been involved in the heating and cooling industry for 30+ years. She writes regularly about her industry insights on their blog.