If you have a heat pump in your Arlington home, you’re likely enjoying the efficiency that it provides. But like all things, it eventually will break down. When that time comes, you’ll want to make sure that you choose the right replacement for it. This can be a difficult process. In this blog post, we thought it would be helpful for our customers in Arlington if we put together a list of some of the considerations you should take into account.

Efficiency Rating

Like many household appliances, heat pumps have efficiency ratings. Depending on the piece of equipment, it may have a different rating system. For example, furnaces and other heating equipment are given an AFUE rating which measures the percentage of fuel that is actually converted into heat. For heat pumps in heating mode, they are rated based on a coefficient of performance (HSPF). In cooling mode, they are given a SEER rating. For most heat pumps, a HSPF of 8 and SEER of over 13 or 14 is very good.

Space Considerations

If you have an older heat pump, it might be the case that was much larger than the newer models. You may want to think about what advantages a smaller system will yield.

Is a Geothermal System Right For You?

If you have an air-source heat pump that it uses the air to exchange heat between the inside and outside of your home, you may want to consider switching sources. If you have the space for it, a geothermal system can provide reliable and long-lasting heating and cooling to your home. These systems take advantage of renewable energy to potentially save you money on your utility bills.


This consideration is more about the inside of your home as opposed to the heat pump. In order to get the most out of your new heat pump, it might make sense to have your insulation checked out before you have the new heat pump installed.

If you have any questions about heat pumps and the installation process, call Millie’s Heating & Air Conditioning today. We offer complete heat pump services in Arlington and would love to talk with you.