Heat Pumps – Energy-Efficient Home Comfort

There’s never been a better time to install a heat pump in your home. The State of NH is offering $500 rebates on products purchased and installed during 2016 through the NHSaves program while funds last.

Heat pumps have come a long way in recent years and are now a viable option for any home in any climate.

They work by transferring heat from one place to another: An outside unit pulls in air and passes it over a coil containing Freon R410A. As the Freon boils it vaporizes and absorbs heat from the outside air. The Freon is compressed through a coil where it becomes even hotter until finally it is passed to an inside coil where it decompresses, re-condenses, and releases its heat into your home via the ductwork. The now-cooled liquid Freon returns to the outside coil and the cycle is repeated.

The system is remarkably efficient—depending on the outside temperature a heat pump can produce 3.5kW of heat for every 1kW of energy consumed—burns no fossil fuel (other than at the power plant to produce the electricity), can be set to provide heat in the winter or cool air in the summer, and can operate in temperatures as low as -15°F.

Today’s heat pumps can be installed in new builds to heat and cool whole buildings, or they can be retro-fitted to older homes to heat specific zones, either supplementing or replacing an older traditional system.

The inside units have become sleeker and more stylish than ever—as well as their wall-mounted units, Mitsubishi recently introduced a new slimmer range that can be wall- or floor-mounted, come in white, silver, or black, offer super-quiet fan speeds, reduced stand-by power, and Wi-Fi control so you can adjust your home’s heat from afar via a smart phone or online account.

For more information, call Mike Meserve at 603.379.8929.

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