- What is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating as defined by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is used for evaluating a heat pump’s efficiency in the cooling cycle. It is the same rating system used for Air Conditioners, making it easy to compare different units. Think of SEER as miles per gallon when discussing vehicles. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system is. Currently the minimum rating for Kentucky heat pump installations is 14 SEER equipment. Our product offerings include up to 20 SEER at this time.
- What is a Heat Pump System? A Heat Pump system typically consists of 3 components – the indoor unit called an air handler, copper refrigerant line set, and the outdoor condensing unit (compressor). A heat pump condenser utilizes an internal component (the reversing valve) which switches the outdoor unit between heat and cool modes. The indoor air handler utilizes electric heat strips (auxiliary heat) to supplement the outdoor unit when the outdoor ambient temperatures are below 30 degrees. Heat pumps operate all year long where air conditioner units only operate seasonally.