If you’re thinking about upgrading the heating system in your Spring Hill, Florida, home, it’s important to understand efficiency ratings. HSPF is an important rating that applies to heat pumps. Understanding HSPF and other efficiency ratings will help you upgrade your heating to a system that’s effective and affordable.

What HSPF Means

HSPF stands for heating season performance factor. This number is used to evaluate the efficiency of a heat pump in heating mode. The number is calculated by comparing the total heat output of the system over the heating season to the electricity consumed over the same period of time. To qualify for an energy star rating, a heat pump must have an HSPF of 8.2 or higher. The higher the number, the more efficient the system.

Other Factors to Consider With Heat Pumps

If you’re considering a new heat pump, you need to consider more than just the HSPF. Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. The SEER rating assigned to a heat pump tells you how efficient the system is when it’s in cooling mode. In our Floridian climate, your heat pump’s cooling effectiveness is more important than its ability to warm the home, so you may want to prioritize a high SEER over a good HSPF.

Alternative Heating Systems

A heat pump is just one option to consider for heating your home. A furnace can effectively keep your house warm through the cool weather months as well. If you’re comparing furnaces for your home heating, you need to evaluate the AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). The AFUE tells you how much of the unit’s energy goes toward heating your home, thus an AFUE of 80 means that 80% of your system’s energy heats the house.

Learn more about how to choose the best new heating and cooling system for your home by speaking with our technicians at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. Give us a call at and we can help you evaluate your needs and find the best system for your home.

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