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How to Choose a Heat Pump System

As cold as it gets outside, you’ll heat up the productivity indoors. Ruud has the most comprehensive, feature-loaded lineup in the heating industry. Our super-efficient technology provides savings on both gas and electricity. Whatever Ruud heating option you choose, you can depend on energy-saving, cost-effective, reliable performance for years to come.

Are some heat pumps better than others?
What should I know about SEER and HSPF?
Are exterior features important?
What kind of coils should I look for?
Are some brands quieter than others?
What should I look for in a contractor?

Are Some Heat Pumps Better Than Others?
Naturally, energy efficiency is important. But when making your selection, remember low operating costs are little comfort if service and repair bills are high. Don’t be sold on energy efficiency alone.

Ruud is the only manufacturer to install the Copeland® Compliant Scroll® Compressor, the industry best, in its entire residential heat pump line.

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What Should I Know About SEER and HSPE?
The Department of Energy requires all air-conditioning and heating equipment manufacturers to evaluate and rate the efficiency of their equipment on a seasonal basis. These ratings are known as the SEER or, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, for air conditioners, and the HSPF or, Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, for heating equipment.

Heat pumps use both numbers. The higher the SEER or HSPF rating, the more efficient the heat pump. High-efficiency units cost more. But since operating costs are lower, the payback period may be shorter than you realize. A high SEER/HSPF heat pump also can add value to your home which is important to today’s energy-conscious home buyers.

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Are Exterior Features Important?
Absolutely. Look for features such as a louvered, galvanized steel cabinet to protect the condensing unit from outdoor hazards. And make sure the cabinet is powder-painted with a high-quality enamel for improved durability and appearance.

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What Kind of Coils Should I Look For?
Look for copper tubing in the evaporator and condensing coil. Copper tubing is a good conductor of heat and is virtually immune to corrosion. And unlike fragile aluminum tubing, copper tubing is relatively simple to repair in the field.

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Are Some Brands Quieter Than Others?
With some units, the outdoor fan can be a bothersome source of noise. Ruud units have a grille design that minimizes air restriction which allows the fan to operate more quietly. Also, the fan is mounted on the underside of the grille. This protects it from the elements and it directs airflow upward, away from plants and shrubbery.

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What Should I Look for in a contractor?
Reliability. Look for a contractor you see in your community. You want one who’s close by to provide you faster, more convenient service.

He should offer a recognized name brand. And he should have a well-stocked inventory of replacement parts. You wouldn’t want to sit out a mid-summer heat wave waiting for a simple repair!

One way to be sure you’ll get good service is to contact a neighborhood Ruud contractor.

Your local Ruud contractor is knowledgeable, reliable, and as good as any you’ll find in the business. Give him a call or click here to find a contractor near you.

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