The state of Maine is offering special rebates and incentives for residents who invest in the installation of a heat pump.
Heat pumps are proven and efficient heating and cooling devices, which can be cheaper to operate than a traditional air conditioner or furnace.
Unlike a furnace or an air conditioner, a heat pump does not create warm or cool air. Instead, it moves air from one place to another. During the winter, the heat pump brings air in from outdoors and disperses it throughout the home. When it is warm, the pump removes hot air from indoors and pumps it outside.
There are four types of heat pumps, based on how and where they are installed. Heat pumps can be installed as wall units, floor units, ceiling cassettes or in ducts. This comes down to personal preference and if you mind your heat pump being visible.
The advantages of a heat pump do not stop with energy efficiency, they also provide quality air year round. Heat pumps dehumidify air in warm months, making it comfortable to be indoors. They also filter air, giving you fresh air at all times.
Heat pumps can standardize your home. Gas powered appliances are becoming less common as heat pumps are electrically powered, reducing your gas bill. They improve the safety of your home as well, as it is one less appliance that can develop a gas leak.
Heat pump financial incentives
Compared to residents in other states, Maine residents will benefit greatly by installing a heat pump. Efficiency Maine lists all of the possible rebates and incentives for installing a heat pump. Financial incentives are available for property owners who install one or two heat pumps. Additionally, there are specific qualifications for the rebates.
For the first heat pump a Maine resident installs, they are eligible for a rebate of $400 or $800, depending on the type of pump they choose.
For a second heat pump, Maine residents are eligible to receive a rebate of $200 or $400, again depending on the type of pump they want installed.
The different rebates depend on how much your home relies on gas-created heat, when the heat pump will be installed and other criteria. In addition to a rebate, residents will also be saving money on energy costs, as heat pumps are more efficient to run than a conventional oil furnace.
Before taking advantage of these rebates, be sure to consult Plumbers 911 and ensure a heat pump is right for you. Plumbers 911 can then refer you to an expert local contractor, who can install your heat pump.