Heat Pump SEER comparo
I'm new here -- signed up to get some advice on upgrading heat pumps -- my home has 2 heat pumps (upstairs / downstairs) I think one is a 2 Ton and the other is a 3 Ton.
We had the house built in '92 so these units are 16 years old -- brand is Lennox and they are 11 SEER.
I'm interested in replacing with 16 SEER -- questions:
(BTW this will all be done by an A/C contractor)
1) What needs replacing besides the base unit?
2) Can I replace just one unit (I'm thinking the downstairs unit, at least) and get some energy savings? It seems to run the most.
3) What about switching the 2 ton with the 3 ton, and getting a new 16 SEER 3 ton -- can this work?
Our kwh rates here in Houston are going thru the roof (looks like the average is $.16-18 right now!) -- want to see if we can do anything to fight back.
Can't really switch the 2 with the 3.
Both the indoor and outdoor unit must be changed.
You can just change either the upstairs or downstairs, don't have to do both systems at one time.
Get estimates from 2 or 3 contractors. Then come back and ask any questions you have that they may not have answered.
Also look at having an energy audit done. Get your duct work tested. Blower door test. Upgraded insulation. Solar screens on windows. May save you a lot more than going from 11 to 16 SEER.
Show off, just because you cool 4000 sq ft with 2 tons.
Originally Posted by paul42
Paul is correct.
Improvements to the house made first. Save more money in the long run then higher efficiency units only.
Well I'm on a mission --
had radiant barrior sprayed in and added more insulation in the attic.
Also had a solar attic fan installed (not sure if this is not a gimmick, but we have one on the southwest roof now).
And switched providers -- locked in 4 years @ 15.3 cents per kwh.
I would have gagged on 15.3 a year ago, but it looks like we're headed to 20+ cents pretty quick.
My A/C contractor tells me new (better insulated) ductwork would cost me $3000+ so next I'm gonna look at changing one of the units to a higher SEER unit.
Anyone know tonnage by part #s? My 2 units:
Don't know which is up or down. . .
They are 11 SEER if I recall correctly and 16 years old.
Both of those are 3 tons as far as I know.
Round down the first two digits after the first dash to the nearest half ton; 41 = 36 000 BTU. (12,000 BTU = 1 ton)
General public's attitude towards our energy predicament: "I reject the reality of finite resource depletion and substitute it with my own; energy is infinite, we just need an alternative storage medium to run the cars on. The economy can grow indefinitely - we just need to "green" everything! Technology is energy! Peak what?"