If you are shopping for a new HVAC system, you’ll encounter two acronyms and associated numbers that you may not be familiar with: SEER and HSPF. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a value that ranks a system’s efficiency in cooling. HSPF stands for Heating Season Performance Factor, and it’s commonly understood as a comparable score for a unit’s efficiency in heating during cold weather months.
What is a SEER Number?
The SEER number is the ratio between the cooling system output in BTUs and the amount of electric energy a unit consumes in a given period. The lower the number, the more electric energy a cooling system consumes. Conversely, the higher the number, the less energy a cooling system consumes.
The SEER number listed with an HVAC system is always the maximum efficiency, which means the unit is capable of reaching that efficiency, but that it may not always operate at that ratio.
What is an HSPF Number?
The Heating Season Performance Factor, commonly referred to as HSPF, is a heat pump’s efficiency rating. According to Energy.gov, the HSPF is the “total space heating required during the heating season, expressed in BTUs, divided by the total electrical energy consumed by the heat pump system during the same season, expressed in watt-hours.” In essence, it’s a SEER rating for your heating in winter.
Like older AC systems, heat pumps older than 10 years likely have an HSPF number lower than 7.7, which is the current minimum. A system with an HSPF number over 9 can drastically improve efficiency and lower monthly heating costs.
SEER Matters Most in Myrtle Beach
Since we have more hot weather than cold in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, we tend to work our cooling systems more than our heating systems. As a result, consumers should be more concerned with the cooling efficiency of a unit than the heating efficiency, since the system will spend a majority of its time cooling.
SEER numbers on new HVAC systems range from 13 to 20+. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the unit will be. While high-efficiency systems with large SEER numbers cost a premium, they can offset their costs with lower monthly cooling costs. Considering how much we rely on air-conditioning in Myrtle Beach from Spring-Fall, a high SEER rating can be worth it in the long run.
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SEER and HSPF numbers are not the only thing to consider. It’s important that your unit is properly sized for your home or business. In many ways, this is a more important consideration as a unit that is too small for your square footage often leads to mechanical problems from the strain of trying to cool too large a space.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that allows us to pause and take stock of the year behind us, giving thanks for the things we have and the people in our lives. It’s often a stressful holiday, too. Traffic is insane and stores are busy; the kitchen is full and plans never go as expected. But at the end of the day we are reminded of why we gather: to acknowledge the relationships that matter most.
As a company in a service industry, it is valuable for us to pause and thank the individuals and businesses that have made and continue to make Cooper Mechanical Services what it is today:
Customers: You place your confidence in us to deliver quality service to your home or business, and for that we are grateful. Thank you for allowing our family to service your HVAC, electrical and refrigeration needs.
Contractors and Vendors: We give a sincere thank you to the contractors that we work alongside on residential and commercial projects as well as the vendors that supply our team with the materials and products we need. We value your collaboration and assistance.
Employees: Simply put, Cooper Mechanical Services would not exist without the dedication and strength of our team. Your hard work is the reason for Cooper's successes. Thank you for all your accomplishments this year.
Code Enforcers: Your careful inspections and attention to detail allow us to deliver the most up-to-date and safe service to our customers. Thank you for your diligence and hard work this past year.
Myrtle Beach: Lastly, thank you to the Grand Strand and greater Myrtle Beach community. Cooper Mechanical Services has been servicing this area for nearly 30 years, and we are proud to call Myrtle Beach home.
Cooper Mechanical Services wishes all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) relates to the condition and quality of air in homes and buildings. Air quality affects health, and poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate respiratory issues. Controlling indoor pollutants from smoking, mold, allergens, and more can improve one's health and prevent illness. Ventilation and circulation are important components of having good indoor air quality. To help readers learn more about this subject, we've compiled our most informative indoor air quality blog posts.
Round-Up: Indoor Air Quality Blog Posts
"Is Adding an Air Purifier Worth It?" Air cleaning manufacturers make bold claims. See what the EPA has to say about them and consider whether the investment is worth it for you and your family.
"4 Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality." This post is focused on simple things you can do around the house like changing filters, deep cleaning, smoking outside the home, and opening windows for better air circulation.
"How Is Indoor Air Quality Tested?" Most HVAC companies offer indoor air quality testing. But what does that mean? Learn about the factors the affect indoor air quality and why HVAC technicians are equipped to address these problems.
"Hotel and Motel Indoor Air Quality." Myrtle Beach businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry need to address air quality issues, too. Learn about how our coastal climate can affect indoor air.
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Cooper Mechanical Services is Myrtle Beach's IAQ expert. Our service technicians will inspect, test, and address your indoor air issues. Whether it's related to ventilation, circulation, or allergens, we always provide honest recommendations and professional service. Call Cooper to schedule an appointment today.