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Heat Pumps Offer Exceptional Energy Efficiency

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

Georgia Daniels, Resident at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, CCRC

If you own a house that is more than ten years old, a heat pump may be a cost-effective upgrade for your home. They are exceptionally energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, a low-carbon alternative to conventional furnaces.

The Inflation Reduction Act of August 2022 includes incentives for HVAC upgrades, including heat pumps that run on electricity. A properly installed air-source heat pump can deliver up to three times more heat energy to your home than the electrical energy it consumes. Keeping your home well-sealed and well-insulated will support the most effective use of your heat pump.

A heat pump absorbs heat from the air and moves it. Powered by electricity, when the pump moves air from outdoors to indoors it operates in heating mode. When the pump moves air from indoors to outdoors it is in cooling mode. A heat pump resembles a conventional air conditioner, but a few minor changes cause a significant difference: the heated air can flow in or flow out. Our hot summers and usually mild winters provide excellent conditions for effective use of heat pumps.

Living with a heat pump is easy, even though it is a bit different from a conventional heater/air conditioner setup. Heat pumps tend to run at a low level consistently throughout the day and night, rather than blasting out heat for short periods that alternate with longer unheated times. Turning it down overnight will cost more to run it than keeping the temperature constant. You will save energy, and therefore save money, if you keep your heat pump set at a constant temperature.

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