WHY HEAT PUMPS?
New Heat pumps are one of the best home-heating options for Maine. They’re a safe, clean way to heat in the winter for about 1/3 the energy and they cool and dehumidify in the summer. The popularity of Heat Pumps has risen dramatically over recent years. This has not been purely for their high energy efficiency ratings, but is also due to the numerous practical, convenient, and environmentally friendly benefits that ownership and installation can bring. Heat pumps can be installed in new homes, retrofitted into existing homes, garages, offices, storage spaces, health complexes and many more.
HEAT PUMPS ARE CONVENIENT
A heat pump enables you to increase or decrease the temperature of your room, or switch from heating to cooling in an instant and at the push of a button. Once the room reaches your preferred temperature, the heat pump will maintain that temperature for as long as you require it to. You can even leave your heat pump on when you go out and it won’t cost you a fortune to have the luxury of returning home to a comfortable temperature. Many heat pumps have the additional benefits of programmable timers which allow you to warm up your room prior to getting up on a cold morning or before your return from work.
Heat pumps don’t create smoke, ashes or any type of exhaust. There are no trips required outside in the cold and rain for wood or pellets. You also never have to schedule fuel deliveries! When cooling or dehumidifying your home, they do collect moisture that turns into water, however, there is no need to empty the reservoir because they are set up for gravity drains to the outside.
Heat Pumps are safe
Unlike gas heating or wood burners, there are no flames or hot surfaces that children or pets can touch and burn themselves on. They can also be safely left on while you’re out or asleep.
Heat Pumps do not burn oxygen
Gas heaters need oxygen in order for gas to burn and release its heat energy. This can cause stuffy rooms and condensation on windows. Heat Pumps on the other hand do not need oxygen as they merely transfer heat energy from one place to another. Heat Pumps enable you to create just the right indoor environment to fit your own personal preferences.
Heat Pumps improve air quality
Heat pumps don’t create smoke or add any fumes to the air. Your Heat Pump constantly circulates the air in your room, the filters clean and purify the air removing dust, mold spores, odours, smoke and other particles. They are excellent for people who suffer from asthma and allergies.
Heat Pumps add value $
As Heat Pumps become more popular, they are adding value to your home. A warm, dry, comfortable environment with the addition of air conditioning will always be first choice over a house without such amenities.
Heat Pumps save space
Unlike a fire place, your heat pump does not need center stage or to become a focal point in your room. They have many different options, they can be mounted high up on a wall, low mounted on the wall near the floor, or conceiled units can be ducted above the ceiling or below a floor.
Heat Pumps are very energy efficient
Heat Pumps are currently the most cost-effective form of heating. They use only electricity and most quality systems achieve an average COP (Coefficient of Performance) figures of four or more. This means that to achieve four kilowatts of heating or cooling power, they use an average of less than one kilowatt of electricity.
A conventional heating system such as an electric fire or gas boiler has a COP of less than one. This means that it burns more than one kilowatt of power to produce a kilowatt of heating power. The higher the COP the cheaper a heating appliance is to run. In comparison to other forms of heating, Heat Pumps offer the most energy efficient heating with between 300% to 400% efficiency.
Heat Pumps are “eco-friendly”
The combustion process of wood burners causes fumes, soot and smoke which provide a major burden on the environment in terms of its carbon emissions. As the Heat Pump does not burn anything at the heat energy source, there are no additional carbon emissions other then the small amount of electrical energy required to run the compressor.
Heat Pumps reduce moisture
During summer, when you are using your heat pump for cooling, the room is automatically dehumidified as a function of the Heat Pump. As the warm air circulates through the unit moisture forms on the cold surface of the coil and then drains outside.
During winter the heat pump prevents condensation forming on cold surfaces such as windows by circulating warm air around the room similar to demisting a car windscreen on a cold morning.