What is HSPF? HSPF is the abbreviation for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. HSPF is a ratio of BTU heat output over a heating season, to wattage per hour of electricity. The higher the HSPF factor the lower the monthly energy bill.
What is EER? EER is the abbreviation for Energy Efficiency Ratio. The EER is determined by dividing the input wattage of electricity by the amount of cooling BTU created under specific conditions. Although EER is important, it is not emphasized as much in our area.
What is SEER? SEER is the abbreviation for Season Energy Efficiency Ratio, and is essentially EER with an “S” representing an overall season rather than a specific condition. All heat pumps and air conditioners have a SEER rating. Most units are sold as a standalone rated piece of equipment such as a 14 seer 2 ton heat pump, but all heat pump and air conditioner true ratings are determined when matching those systems with indoor units. This is where your AHRI matched ratings will apply. SEER ratings as well as HSPF are heavily emphasized in our area.
What is PTCS? PTCS is abbreviation for Performance Tested Comfort Systems. This is an additional certification in the HVAC industry. A PTCS certified technician is trained to properly size heating and air conditioning equipment for your home, as well as install the equipment and ductwork beyond code standards for increased life and efficiency.