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Should you consider installing a heat pump when replacing your old furnace and air conditioner?

As Northern Virginia homeowners are looking for energy efficient alternatives to heating and cooling their homes, many are taking a new look at the heat pump. With advances in variable-speed technology, the heat pump– a heater in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer– is making a big comeback and becoming a popular solution for the energy conscious consumer.

One of the driving forces for the surge in heat pump sales is the introduction of incentives being offered by local utility companies. In our area of Northern Virginia, Dominion Virginia Power, offers its customer a rebate of up to $250.00 when homeowners upgrade to a heat pump.

Benefits of a heat pump:

  • Enhanced comfort— With variable speed technology, you can maintain precise humidity and temperature within the home.
  • Reduced energy consumption— Depending on the efficiency of your system, you can save anywhere from 24-40 percent on annual energy costs.
  • Heating and Cooling— The heat pump acts as a heater in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer.

Types of available heat pumps:

  • Air-source
  • Reverse cycle chillers
  • Mini-split
  • Absorption or gas fired
  • Geothermal

According to energy.gov, because heat pumps move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

Now that you know more about energy efficient heat pumps, would you consider replacing your old furnace and air conditioner with one? Learn more about heat pumps and decide if a heat pump is good for you by talking to one of our home comfort specialists. Request a no-obligation in home consultation today by filling out the form on this page or give us a call at 703-777-2311.

Get you heat pump rebate here for Northern Virginia Dominion customers.

Below are some links to popular heat pump manufacturers:

American Standard heat pumps, Rheem heat pumps, Mitsubishi mini-split heat pumps, Heat Pumps. Watch for our next blog post about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).