When it comes to HVAC, the goal of any homeowner should be to heat a home as reliably and efficiently as possible. Many residents in Maine are turning to heat pumps as the answer to an efficient and money-saving heating method, and it's a smart move. Before you call an HVAC company, let's go through the benefits and cost savings that a heat pump will provide, as well as answer some other common questions about heat pumps.What Is a Heat Pump?
With heat pumps, the refrigerant line "splits" the condenser and air handler, hence the term 'mini-split.' A heat pump doesn't rely on ductwork to operate, instead it uses electricity and refrigeration technology to heat or cool your home – hence the term 'ductless.'
Note: Ducted heat pumps do exist, however, for this purpose of this article, we are discussing ductless heat pumps.How Does a Heat Pump Work?
Heat pumps rely on both electricity and refrigerant, moving heat from one location to another.
This process increases the temperature to match the temperature that the user is asking for. Essentially, heat pumps are air conditioners that work in reverse – by spinning condensers in the opposite direction – to produce heat rather than cool air.
The heat pump's two components – the indoor unit and the outdoor condenser – work in tandem to provide heating and cooling. Connected by a refrigerant line, the heat pump responds to a call for heat – a user turning on the thermostat or remote – by turning on the fan of the outdoor unit. The hot air travels through the refrigerant line to the indoor unit.What Are the Benefits of a Heat Pump?
Since heat pumps rely on electricity, they are far more efficient than many other heating systems that homeowners typically employ. For example, heat pumps are far more efficient than oil or propane-based systems.
Heat pumps are generally worth it, especially in Maine, because they provide vast savings compared to oil furnaces or boilers. Heating your home with a heat pump is equivalent to spending $1.44 per gallon on oil. That is nearly half of the cost of what Maine homeowners pay for oil.
Purchasing a heat pump makes even more sense once you factor in rebates. Efficiency Maine offers rebates of up to $1500 on specific heat pumps for homeowners of any income.Can You Heat a Home in Maine Using Only Heat Pumps?
It's very possible to heat a home with only heat pumps – especially for homes in Southern Maine or on the coast, where it doesn't reach negative temperatures too frequently.
Heat pumps have evolved significantly, and today's heat pumps can handle much lower temps than older models. The Mitsubishi Hyper Heat, for example, works in temperatures of up to -15 degrees. However, the heat pump has to work much harder in lower temps, which means that the efficiency is lower in negative temperatures. In Southern Maine, we rarely experience temperatures of -15, however; the coldest recorded temperature was -20 in December of 1980.
That being said, it's probably best to supplement a heat pump with another heating source, whether it's a propane fireplace, woodstove, or electric baseboards. Although it's possible to use heat pumps as your only heat source, you never know how cold it will get during a New England winter, and you want a heating system that works regardless of the outside temperature.
Heat pumps are an excellent complementary heating system that can reduce the amount of time you use on a more expensive heating element, which can significantly cut costs.Schedule a Heat Pump Installation Today
A heat pump installation is no small undertaking and requires a licensed professional. HomeWiz is licensed to work in Maine and New Hampshire, and our technicians can walk you through every option to make sure that heat pumps are the right decision. Once you decide that a heat pump is the best way to go, our expert technicians can handle a heat pump installation with ease. Schedule an appointment today by calling 1-844-RINGWIZ.Categories