Electric heat pumps use less energy than older electric heat units. Consider replacing your heating and cooling systems if it is more than 10 years old. In the Needles area, cooling costs can account for as much as 45 percent of your annual electric bill. So replacing an old system with a new energy-efficient heat pump can have a significant impact on your monthly electric bill. If you replace your old unit with a new high-efficiency heat pump, you can save as much as 30 to 40 percent on you cooling costs.
Needles Public Utility Authority (“NPUA”) electric customers may be eligible for a rebate on qualified replacements of air conditioning systems. For more information, call (760) 326-5700. The efficiency of heat pumps and air conditioners is expressed by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER number, the more cooling you will get for your dollar. Energy Star qualified heat pumps have a SEER of 14 or greater.
Make sure your heat pump is the correct size for your home. Often people purchase a unit, which is too large for the space, because they think it will cool better. An oversized unit is actually less effective than a correctly sized unit. It also wastes energy. Running a smaller unit for a longer time will use less energy to completely cool a room than running an oversized unit for a shorter time.
Remember to replace your air filter each month. A good way to remember is to replace it each month when you receive your electric bill.