Is a heat pump heating and cooling system right for you?
A heat pump helps you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home year-round while using less energy than many other heating and cooling systems such as baseboard electric heat, propane, or oil. As with any heating and cooling option, you’ll want to consider your home’s unique setup and layout to determine if a heat pump is right for you.
Are you considering a heat pump?
Size, layout, and building efficiency are key factors in determining whether a heat pump is your best option.
Will they work in a cold climate (like Vermont’s)?Heat pumps can handle most of the heating needs of homes in Vermont. Their heating capabilities do decrease as temperatures approach –15 degrees F. In most buildings, a heat pump doesn’t entirely replace the current heating system. We recommend that you have a supplemental heat source (e.g., furnace or boiler, stove or fireplace, or central wood heat) as a backup for the coldest days of the year. During periods of lower temperatures, use your backup source to make up the difference.
Do you have an open floor plan or multiple zones?
Is your home properly air sealed and insulated?Consider your insulation and air sealing before installing a heat pump system. Improving the thermal efficiency of the building will minimize the size of heat pump you’ll need and to reduce overall energy use of the unit. Eliminating drafts and increasing insulation are affordable improvements that quickly pay for themselves.
Will you save money on your heating bills?The answer to this depends on the fuel you are currently using to heat your home. If you have baseboard electric heat or a typically more expensive heating fuel, like propane or oil, the savings can be significant. The fluctuation of fuel costs can offset the efficiency gains of a heat pump system. If you’re switching from natural gas, wood, or pellets, a heat pump may not lower your heating bills.
Interested in installing a heat pump at home?
Efficiency Vermont provides a rebate when you work with one of our participating HVAC distributors.