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If you are currently heating your home with electric resistance heat (such as electric baseboards), or you have a heating system that runs off of propane or fuel oil, you should consider installing an air source heat pump (ASHP). ASHPs use electricity to move heat from the outdoors to inside your house providing heating in the winter. Because the technology moves heat rather than generating heat, ASHPs are often two to three times more efficient than conventional electric heating systems and are also much cheaper to operate than fuel oil and propane systems. They are also more efficient than other types of air conditioning systems providing additional savings during the summer. ASHPs can be used with an existing ducted heating/cooling system, or
What You Need to Do
Step 1Engage a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor with experience installing air source heat pumps. Be sure the contractor selects properly sized equipment that is designed to operate efficiently in cold climates.
Step 2Request high efficiency equipment that is either ENERGY STAR rated and/or has a Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) that is greater than 8.2 HSPF and 15.0 SEER.