Heat pumps are extremely efficient heating and cooling systems that can keep your home comfortable even when outdoor temperatures are as low as -15°F — making them an increasingly popular option here in southern Maine. They provide year-round benefits that other home comfort systems can’t quite duplicate, such as increased indoor comfort, lower energy bills, and greater energy efficiency.
Not sure if a heat pump is right for your home? Here’s a brief look at the benefits that heat pumps can offer.
Home Comfort You Can Depend On
Because today’s heat pumps operate at temperatures as low as -15°F, you can depend on your heat pump system to keep your home comfortable even during one of Maine’s coldest winters. Heat pumps also run on electricity, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of oil or propane in the middle of a blizzard. When you pair your heat pump with a generator, battery, or solar PV system, you can even keep the heat on when the power goes out.
Greater Energy Efficiency
Heat pump systems work by extracting heat from one location and transferring it to another location. Heat is transferred into the home during the winter and out of the home during the summer. Because heat pumps use only a small amount of electricity to move this heat and keep your home comfortable, they are extremely energy efficient.
Lower Energy Bills
Because heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, they offer lower (and more predictable) energy bills. If you install one mini-split heat pump to support your existing oil-based heating system, for example, you’ll reduce your reliance on oil and pay significantly less for it every winter. If you install a “multi” heat pump system in your home, you can eliminate your reliance on oil completely and pay a modest utility bill every month to keep your home comfortable.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Heat pumps are a great option for those with environmental concerns, as they reduce your reliance on fossil fuels. Because they are extremely energy efficient, they allow you to keep your home comfortable while conserving more energy.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Installing a heat pump can also help boost your indoor air quality (IAQ), reducing the allergy symptoms you and your family experience at home. Heat pumps automatically filter out dust and other allergens from your indoor air, improving overall IAQ.