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Heat Pump vs. Traditional System? What’s the Best Way to Heat Your Home?

Heat pumps and traditional heating systems both heat your home – but in very different ways.

As much as 1/2 the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. A professionally installed heat pump can cut your energy consumption by as much as 40% AND keep you comfortable all year with both heating and cooling features.

A heat pump is the most efficient heating machine on the market. For every dollar of electricity you put into a heat pump, you get back $2 to $4 of heat value. That’s energy efficiency! Plus, a heat pump also acts as a central air conditioner in summer, giving you year-round comfort.

Some great features of Heat Pumps:

  • Minimally invasive interior installation
  • One outdoor unit controls multiple indoor units
  • Exterior motors provide a quiet indoor environment
  • Air filtration for units absorb dust, mold spores and microorganisms for a much healthier indoor air quality.

How Heat Pumps Work

Simply put, a heat pump is a device that uses a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another. Heat pumps pull heat out of the air or ground to heat a home or business, but they can be reversed to cool a building as well. If you picture how an air conditioner works, heat pumps and air conditioners operate in a very similar way.

Heat pumps consist of an interior unit, which is either wall-mounted, floor-mounted or concealed, paired with a quiet and compact outdoor unit. An outdoor unit can serve a single interior unit, or serve several rooms, depending on the installation options.

Don’t let the name fool you – heat pumps provide extremely efficient central cooling as well!

One big advantage of a heat pump over a traditional heating system or air conditioning unit is that there’s no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home or office. It is also far less invasive to install a heat pump than a traditional HVAC system. Heat pumps are ideal for heating and cooling small spaces to whole houses.

Heat Pump Installation

At 207 Plumbing & Heating, we install mini-split, ductless heat pump systems throughout Southern Maine. As you might gather from the name, a mini-split, ductless system is a split system, because it has components that are located inside and outside the building. The exterior unit, or compressor/condenser transfers air from the outside to inside. The indoor air-handling unit convert that air to heat or cooling accordingly. A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain, links the outdoor and indoor units attached to the exterior of the building.

Heat Pumps are Incredibly Energy Efficient

Heat Pumps are a great alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems – all in one piece of equipment! They provide a central system for heating and cooling that is extremely energy efficient, and far less invasive to install than traditional systems. Because they move heat rather than generate heat from fuel like combustion heating systems do, they do not require fuel consumption. A heat pump will provide equivalent space heating and air conditioning at a minimum of 1/4 of the cost of operating conventional heating and cooling appliances.

For example: if your average annual heating and cooling utilities cost $2,400, a Heat Pump unit can save you up to $1,080 annually – that is a 55% savings, $10,080 in 10 years which pays for the cost of your new Heat Pump several times over!

Installing a new, high-efficiency heat pump can slash your utility bills by as much as 40% and save you thousands of dollars annually!

Don’t Miss Out on Available Rebates

There are many rebates currently available through Efficiency Maine, and often the manufacturer on new, professionally installed heat pumps.

Efficiency Maine has provided rebates for more than 45,000 heat pumps that have been installed in homes and businesses across Maine over the past five years. They are the most popular heating system across all of Efficiency Maine’s rebates because they offer highly efficient heating, air conditioning, and dehumidification. Efficiency Maine offers rebates of up to $1,500 for residential heat pumps. Find rebates. Efficiency Maine also has a calculator to figure out your savings.

As much as 50% of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, so making smart decisions about your heating and cooling systems can have a BIG impact on your utility bills – and your comfort!

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