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Why is a Heat Pump a Good Idea?

If you’re looking for ways to lower your heating bills – look no further than a super-energy-efficient heat pump! Considering that heating and air conditioning account for up to half of our home energy use in the U.S., the easiest way to take a bite out of that hefty expense every year is with the installation of a heat pump.

Heating and cooling account for about 50% of home energy use.

Heat pumps are the most efficient heating machine on the market. Combined with the fact that they also provide air conditioning in the same central unit, and you have both a comfort and an economic win-win!

How much do heat pumps really save?

Cost savings varies by household or business use, of course. On average, you should be able to save between 30% and 50% on heating costs. You could switch to another fuel source, or upgrade your existing heating system to something more efficient to lower your heating costs, but you would not have the added benefit and comfort of air conditioning during summer months.

For every dollar of electricity you put into a heat pump, you get back $2 to $4 of heat.

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How does a Heat Pump work?

Instead of making heat like a traditional combustion heating system, a heat pump extracts it from the outside. Because they only move heat rather than have to generate heat, they don’t require any fuel, only electricity. Heat pumps provide equivalent space heating and conditioning at a fraction of the cost of operating conventional heating and cooling appliances.

Like traditional refrigerant systems, heat pumps use a compressor to absorb heat energy in the air and circulate it between the outdoors and indoors – as heat in cold months or reversing as cool air in warm months. A heat pump system consists of an indoor unit that is called the Air Handler, and an outdoor unit that is called the Heat Pump.

A refrigerator is a great example of how heat pumps work. A refrigerator removes heat from the air inside the refrigerator and moves it to the coils on the outside of the refrigerator. Have you ever felt the warm air that blows out from under your refrigerator when it’s running? A heat pump uses this same principle – it extracts heat from the air and moves it to where it’s needed. As heat in cold months, then reversing the process to create cool air in warm months.

Get the Added Benefit of Air Conditioning

With Maine summers getting hotter and hotter for longer periods of time, air conditioning use is on the rise. Installing central air conditioning is costly and very invasive. Window units are heavy, prone to destructive leaking, and only cool one small area.

Heat Pump Features You Will Love!

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Less Invasive Installation. The interior circulating unit can be placed on any flat ceiling, wall or floor surface.

One Exterior Unit for Several Indoor Air Handlers. Just one outdoor heat pump unit provides for multiple indoor units, each with individual temperature controls for whole-house comfort.

Self-Modulating. Heat pumps are “set it and forget it” to keep control of interior temperature without being there.

Quiet Operation. The compressors and motors are all in the outside unit, and the indoor unite operates extremely quietly making for a peaceful indoor environment.

Improved Air Quality. Heat pumps use an electrostatic air filter that absorbs dust, mold spores, and microorganisms, with ion deodorization.

Perfect for Cold Climates. Heat pumps provide heating to temperatures as low as -15F

Other Annual Savings:

  • 30% over current consumption and equipment costs of propane *
  • 20% over current consumption and equipment costs of natural gas *

*Cost savings are approximate, and based on current market conditions.