A heat pump is an HVAC solution that has the capability to both heat and cool your home. There are two types: air source and geothermal (ground source). Air source heat pumps move heat from one place to another, absorbing heat energy from the outside air (even when it’s cold) to warm your home and pulling heat out of the indoor air to cool it. Geothermal heat pumps function the same way except they transfer the heat between the home and the ground which has a more constant temperature. A standout feature of a heat pump is that it can heat your home at drastically higher efficiency levels than the typical furnace, with the caveat that at lower temperatures it becomes difficult for a heat pump to pull heat out of the air and typically needs another system to augment its heating power. This is not the case for the Climate Saver which has patented technology that allows it to function at peak efficiency at temperatures well below zero.
Heat pumps have a range of efficiency levels which are represented by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) for the cooling aspect and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) for the heating aspect. SEER is calculated by taking the cooling output for a typical cooling season and dividing it by the total electrical input for the same time frame. The higher the SEER the more efficient the system is. HSPF is calculated by taking the heating output for a typical heating season and dividing it by the electrical input for the same time frame, and like SEER the higher the HSPF the more efficient the system. Depending on your budget you can purchase a system at any efficiency level you want on the spectrum. One of the amazing things about the Climate Saver Heat Pump is that by augmenting traditional heat pump technology with our patented Solar Thermal Collector, it can achieve efficiency levels (effective SEER/HSPF of 40/16) that practically doubles the highest efficiency systems on the market today.
All heat pumps have a SEER & HSPF rating which is certified by AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute). This allows consumers to compare the efficiency ratings of different products. The Climate Saver Heat Pump is an innovative system that combines traditional heat pump technology with a patented Solar Thermal Collector that captures renewable energy for use instead of electricity from the grid. Because AHRI does not test and certify solar technologies the Climate Saver Heat Pump is tested and certified by two separate bodies: AHRI for the bottom traditional heat pump portion of the system, and the ICC-SRCC (Solar Rating & Certification Corporation) for the upper Solar Thermal Collector portion of the system. We take the efficiency rating our system receives from the ICC-SRCC and convert it into a SEER & HSPF rating using accepted scientific and mathematical calculations, tested, and confirmed in our laboratory, to arrive at our total effective SEER & HSPF ratings so customers can compare our system to the competition.
We believe that heat pump technology is incredible in general and hope that all consumers consider it when replacing or installing a new HVAC system. However, the Climate Saver Heat Pump stands out considerably from the rest of the market due to several innovations.
True variable speed DC inverter compressor technology allows a heat pump to operate at the lowest to the highest speeds and every point in between. This is a significant advantage over conventional one or two stage compressors because the system is able pinpoint the exact minimum amount of energy necessary to operate while delivering the highest quality comfort. Traditional systems have the problem of turning on and off frequently, which can lead to temperature and humidity problems, as well as being very inefficient. Variable speed systems do not have this problem, adapt to the real-time conditions inside the home, and save you money.
Because the Climate Saver utilizes its patented Solar Thermal Collector to capture and concentrate ambient light it qualifies for federal, state, and local rebates the government offers in its effort to help promote renewable energy technologies. Visit dsireusa.org for specific information on tax incentives available for your geographical location.