Pump it up

An old, clunky heat pump can help inspire you to upgrade to new tech and save!

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Some of the coolest new tech for your home will chill you out in the summer and keep you toasty in the winter – while reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your energy costs.

If your home is cooled by an air source heat pump, the system also heats your home in the winter. And if your heat pump is more than 10 years old, it may be time to upgrade to a new system. Fortunately, air source heat pump technology also has improved significantly over the last decade. A new cold climate air source heat pump will not only provide energy efficient cooling, but it will minimize your energy bills even in winter’s brutal cold.

Electric heat pumps have been around for a long time, and they’re among the most efficient ways to cool your home. Air source heat pumps essentially pull heat from the air — in the summer the system pulls the warm air from your home and pumps it outside; in the winter, it pulls the heat from the air outside and pumps that heat into your home. While they are a terrific energy efficient option in the summer, typical heat pumps can lose their efficiency when the temperature drops near 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fortunately, advances in compressor technology allow new cold climate heat pumps to gather heat at much lower winter temperatures. When it’s 47 degrees or above outside, cold climate heat pumps operate at nearly 400% efficiency (meaning they produce nearly four times the energy they consume). And even when the temperature outside drops to zero, a cold climate heat pump will still operate at about 200% efficiency. That means your system will use a lot less energy – and minimize the use of a backup heat source, saving you money.

Your local electric cooperative even offers Power Moves® rebates for qualifying upgrades to a cold climate air source heat pump! For more information, contact your local electric cooperative’s energy advisor, or visit www.PowerMoves.com.