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How do heat pumps work?

Heat pumps move heat into or out of your home using a compressor, much like a refrigerator. Heat energy naturally transfers from warmer to colder spaces. However, a heat pump can reverse this process, by absorbing heat from a cold space and releasing it into a warmer one. Because they move heat rather than create it, they can deliver three times the amount of heat to your home as the most efficient boiler (per unit of energy used).  And they are much more efficient than conventional air conditioners.

 

Is a heat pump right for me?
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    Do you currently heat with oil, propane or electric baseboards and want to save money on your energy bills?

  • Do you want to add air conditioning to your home or ditch the inefficient window units?
  • Are you considering converting to gas?
  • Do you want more control over the temperature in individual rooms?
  • Is your furnace or central AC over 12 years old?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, a heat pump is likely right for you!

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