Rebates & More
Take a look at the tabs below for more information about rebates and reasons to choose a heat pump. Read questions and answers that most people ask, learn how a heat pump works and more. Still have more questions? Go to our contact page to send us a message.
Efficiency Maine Rebates
To qualify for the Residential Efficiency Maine Rebates:
- You must be the owner of the home located in Maine
- It must be the primary year round residence for those residing in the home
- Heat Pump must be installed in primary living area, not a garage or outbuilding
$500 rebate for the first qualifying indoor heat pump unit and $250 for the second.
We can let you know what units qualify at your free in-home consultation.
- Single-zone heat pumps are eligible for $500 rebate per unit with an HSPF of 12.0
- Multi-zone heat pumps are eligible for $750 rebate per 2 zone unit, $1,000 rebate per 3 zone unit and $1,250 rebate per 4 or more zone units with HSPF values of 10.0
Reasons to Buy a Heat Pump
As much as one half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Making smart decisions about your home’s heating and air condition system will have a heavy impact on your utility bills and your comfort. Here are a few of the best reasons why you should consider having a heat pump installed.
How A Heat Pump Works
It’s often repeated that a heat pump works like a refrigerator, and it heats your home like a refrigerator in reverse. But how many people know how a refrigerator works?
The basis for both devices is to move heat energy from one place to another by circulating refrigerant gas between two radiator coils, with the help of an electric compressor pump.
In this cycle, a special refrigerant that’s contained in copper lines is pumped in a loop between an outdoor radiator coil and an indoor radiator coil. As the refrigerant travels through the loop, it’s placed under high pressure by a compressor at one radiator coil, then under lower pressure, just before entering the other radiator coil.
This cycle alternately absorbs and gives off heat, as long as circulation continues. The refrigerant itself is never lost, because it’s contained in a closed-loop system.
A heat pump can absorb heat energy from outdoor air, even when it’s very cold outside. That’s because the refrigerant has a boiling point of -55F. So even when it is -10F outside, the air traveling through the outdoor radiator will get colder as it warms the refrigerant in the coil.
When the slightly-warmer refrigerant enters the compressor pump, both the refrigerant and the absorbed heat energy are compressed to the point where they are more concentrated than the heat energy in your living room. In other words, the refrigerant is hot, not because heat energy was added by the compressor, but because the absorbed heat was concentrated by the compressor.
When a gas is compressed it generates heat; when a gas is decompressed it cools.
In the indoor air unit, a fan draws air across the radiator coil flowing with hot refrigerant, pouring the concentrated, absorbed heat into your living room. The refrigerant, now room temperature, returns to the outside radiator coil through a special low pressure valve. That allows the refrigerant gas to expand, returning to -55F and absorbing heat once again.
In the summer, a heat pump can reverse its cycle, absorbing heat from indoor air, then squeezing it out through the outdoor radiator coil to provide cooling. Much like the process in a refrigerator.
Text quoted from Green & Healthy Maine Homes, fall 2015 and winter 2016 magazine, page 33, as explained by Dana Fischer, the residential program manager at Efficiency Maine.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a heating and air conditioning system that provides heating, air conditioning, dehumidifying and a fan option. It will also clean the air in your home. It’s safe and the most cost effective system.
Are heat pumps good for people with allergies?
Yes! Heat Pumps are a great heating and cooling source for people with allergies. A heat pump will circulate the air in your home passing it over special filters inside the unit to keep the air clean and make it easier for you to breathe.
How do I get the Efficiency Maine rebate?
Efficiency Maine offers rebates for certain heat pump models installed by a registered vendor. We are a qualified registered vendor and handle all of the details for you. During your installation we will fill out all rebate papers and have them ready for you to look over and sign. We deduct the rebate instantly from your invoice so you get the savings immediately and don’t have to wait for the money to come in the mail. We submit all paperwork on your behalf to Efficiency Maine. It’s that easy!
How quiet are heat pumps?
Heat pumps are quieter than a box fan on low. Most of the time, you don’t even realize it’s on.
How much does a heat pump cost to operate?
There are many factors that contribute to your cost of operation, so there is no single right answer to this question. Your cost will be dependent on how insulated your home is, if you have a lot of drafts, and how clean you keep your heat pump units. Some people see a decrease in their electric bill by switching from using space heaters or electric baseboard. Others see an increase in electricity usage but may no longer be buying oil, propane or wood. In either scenario, you will have a cost savings on your utility bills for heating and air conditioning.
Do I need to have my heat pump cleaned?
Yes! Just like other heating systems, heat pumps need a little maintenance too. Since a heat pump cleans the air in your home, once a year it needs a professional cleaning of the indoor and outdoor unit’s coils and fan. This will keep your heat pump operating at its highest efficiency and saving you the most money. The removable filters can be cleaned on a monthly basis or as needed by yourself.
What are the differences between single units and multi units?
Single Zone Heat Pumps consist of one outdoor unit and one indoor unit. A Multi-Zone System has one outdoor unit and 2-4 indoor units. The indoor units are installed in multiple areas of your home you want to heat or cool. Each indoor unit’s temperature can be controlled separately from each other, however you can only operate them all in heat mode or in cool mode at the same time. If more than one Single Zone Heat Pump was installed you would be able to heat one area of the home and cool or dehumidify another, depending on your needs. The cost difference is very minimal and with a Multi-Zone System if something goes wrong with your heat pump, the entire system is out of operation. With Single Zones each one is independent of each other, if one has a malfunction you are still able to provide heating or cooling in your home with the other unit.
How are the XLTH models different?
XLTH stands for extra low temperature heating. They are rated to produce heat at -15°F, therefore will operate at lower temperatures than the regular models which are rated to -5°F. The XLTH models do use slightly more electricity to operate, but will still provide better efficiency in heating and cooling compared to other sources. The cost for these models is also slightly higher, you can see prices on our pricing page.
What is basic installation?
All of our prices are based on a basic installation which is what most homes need. That includes the indoor and outdoor heat pump unit, supplies for a simple run, rain cap, installation and electrical. If you have more complicated lines to run that are longer or if you need a stand, the price may be a little more. We can give you all of this information at your free in home consultation.
How often do I need to clean my filters?
The filters in your heat pump should be cleaned at least once a month. When you open the cover on your heat pump, you can look at the filters and see if they are dirty. If so, pull them out and just wash them in the sink. If your filters have additional mini snap on filters, remove those before washing. These small filters cannot get wet.
How do I switch from cooling to heating?
Switching from cooling to heating is very simple. Using the remote, point it at the heat pump and push the mode button to switch from cool, to heat, to dry (dehumidify), or to fan. You will see the mode change on the remote’s screen. Some remotes have the mode button located under a slide down cover.
What if I can’t remember how to use my remote?
You may not remember everything your heat pump installer explains to you the day of installation. There is an explanation of the remote in your installation folder. But don’t worry, you can just give us a call and we will explain everything to you. If need be we can come to your home to show you again.
Can I control my heat pump away from home with wifi?
Yes, the Fujitsu heat pumps we install are made with an internal wifi control. You can install an app on your mobile device and control your heat pump while you are away using the wifi in your home. You’ll be able to check the temperature in your home, change modes (heat, cool, dry, fan) adjust the temperature of your heat pump and other operations as desired.
Do Heat Pumps work when the temperatures drop?
Yes, heat pumps will actually work at subzero temperatures. Fujitsu heat pumps are rated to produce heat at -5°F , the XLTH models are rated to produce heat at-15°F . However, this does not mean they will stop working at even lower temperatures, they will just not produce as much heat.
What is the warranty on a heat pump?
We are an elite contractor with Fujitsu and therefore can give you a 12 year warranty on your heat pump. You can read the warranty information under the about us tab. A copy will also be emailed to you when we register your unit.
How does a heat pump work?
A heat pump uses electricity to operate, but uses the process of refrigeration to provide cooling and the reverse process to provide heating. That’s why it is currently the cheapest form of heat available and the safest.
Do I need a backup heating source?
Heat Pumps can be used to provide the only source of heat in your home. However, everyone should have some sort of backup heating source to be prepared for a power outage. Most heating systems, except a regular wood stove, require electricity to turn on and operate. Therefore having a wood stove or a generator to use in an emergency is a good idea.
What payment options are available?
We accept cash, check, credit card, and have multiple financing options to fit your needs. If you are looking to finance your heat pump, visit our contact page to send us a message and we will email the details to you.