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Why Choose a Heat Pump?
Learn more about costs, benefits and features to help you decide if a heat pump is right for your home.
Why Choose a Heatpump?
The Energy Co-op has installed hundreds of heat pumps for Vermont homeowners. There are many reasons why our members and customers choose heat pumps:
- Lower heating fuel use: Cut your natural gas, oil or propane use by up to 70% and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Protection from future price spikes: Electricity prices are much more stable than oil and propane prices.
- Lower heating costs: If you use propane, kerosene or fuel oil to heat your home, your overall costs will go down after installing a heat pump. While your electricity costs will go up, your heating fuel costs will go down more than the increase in your electricity bill.
- Low-cost air conditioning: Heat pumps are twice as efficient as typical air conditioners, and much quieter than window units.
- Comfort: Thanks to smart controls, heat pumps keep indoor temperatures within a comfortable range summer and winter.
- Better indoor air quality: Heat pumps filter the air inside your home year-round.
Is a Heat Pump Right for Your Home?
While heat pumps are a great heating/cooling solution for most homes, there are some criteria which help determine how well a heat pump will work for you.
Our service manager will ask all of these questions in your initial consultation so before you contact us, take a moment to gather this information.
- Do you have an open floor plan? Open floor plans allow the movement of air more easily than in many rooms seperated by doors and walls.
- Is there a good location for the indoor blower and outdoor compressor? The best placement for heat pumps will result in the best outcomes for their use.
- Does your electrical panel have enough space? A heat pump requires an electrical service to operate.
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
You already have a heat pump in your home - your refrigerator. It keeps your food cool by using liquid refrigerant to move heat from inside your fridge to your kitchen. Mitsubishi cold-climate heat pumps work in the same way. A heat pump's refrigeration system consists of a compressor and two coils made of copper tubing (one indoors and one outside), which are surrounded by aluminum fins to aid heat transfer. In heating mode, liquid refrigerant in the outside coils extracts heat from the air and evaporates into a gas. The indoor coils release heat from the refrigerant as it condenses back into a liquid. A reversing valve, near the compressor, can change the direction of the refrigerant flow to switch from heating mode to cooling mode.
- In Vermont summers, heat pumps act as air conditioners, transferring warm indoor air to the outdoors, to keep your home nice and cool.
- In the winter, our heat pumps extract heat from the outside air - even when it is very cold - to keep Vermont homes warm and comfortable.
- Heat pumps are enviromentally friendly. They don't produce heat by burning fossil fuel. They use electricity to run the compressor to provide heating and cooling into your living space.
We install Mitsubishi products because we feel they are the best units on the market in terms of quality and function.
The Energy Co-op is a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor. Our team of technicians have been factory trained in service, installation and sales for the Mitsubishi M-Series heat pump products.
In addition, our technicians attend training classes on a regular basis to stay up-to-date on heat pump technology. Diamond Contractors, like the Energy Co-op, are the only Mitsubishi installers that are able to offer an extended 12-year parts warranty and a 12-year limited warranty on compressors.