How A Heat Pump Works

A heat pump does the job of an air conditioner and a furnace.  But unlike a furnace, it doesn't burn fuel to create heat.  It uses electricity to keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and comfortable all year round. American Standard's heat pump family offers exclusive comfort technology and a range of options to give you the most quiet, efficient and comfortable home heating and cooling you've ever experienced.

A heat pump is simply an air conditioner that contains a valve that lets it switch between "air conditioner" and "heater."  When the valve is switched.

The cooling performance of heat pumps, like that of central air conditioners, is rated according to the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER).  This is the cooling output divided by the power input for a hypothetical average U.S. climate.  The higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioner.  Heating performance is measured by the heating season performance factor (HSPF), a ratio of the estimated seasonal heating output divided by the seasonal power consumption for an average U.S. climate.

For the most efficient heat pumps, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends a SEER rating of at least 14.5 and HSPF rating in the range of 9.0.  You'll be pleasantly surprised at the outstanding ratings of the American Standard heat pump family.  The American Standard heat pumps come in a variety of SEER ratings, up to 20 SEER that can saves you up to 60 percent on your heating and cooling energy usage while reducing greenhouse gas emissions* by achieving the highest efficiency in the industry, significantly surpassing government efficiency standard.

A heat pump is extremely efficient. Rather than burning a fuel, what it is essentially doing is "moving heat" which can save you money on your heating and energy bills.  An American Standard heat pump system installed by All About Air Heating & Cooling combines an American Standard heat pump with an American Standard furnace, allowing you to respond to fluctuations in utility costs by switching between gas and electric heat.

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