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We're pumped about heat pumps!


Considering a heat pump?

Many Maine residents who use heat pumps may tell you they are a clean, comfortable and convenient choice for your home heating and cooling needs. Choosing a heat pump can help you save money while using less energy and decreasing your carbon footprint due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Heat pumps also offer a remarkably quiet way to keep your home comfortalbe and use filtration systems that can improve interior air quality.

For information about rebates and loans available for Maine residents who purchase and install high-efficiency cold climate heat pumps, visit Efficiency Maine's website. You can also find a list of dealers and installers.

Already own a heat pump?

To get the most out of your heat pump, you just need to determine the setting that feels most comfortable to you, then set it and forget it. Resist the temptation to turn it down at night or when you're away. Studies have suggested that users save money when the unit is kept at a constant temperature and therefore can run evenly and at maximum efficiency.

Spend some time experimenting with your heat pump's thermostat to find out what temperature works best. Here's a hint: It may be a higher number than you are accustomed to seeing on your thermostat — as high as 74 or 76 F. But because of the heat pump's efficiency, it's affordable to be comfortable.

Once you find the right temperature for your heat pump thermostat setting, it's best to set it and forget it. Heat pumps are designed to maintain a steady temperature, so turning it down while you're gone or before you go to bed at night may actually use more energy and therefore cost more to run.

Once you've found the heat pump thermostat setting that works best for you, set your older heating system's thermostat at a temperature below what you are using for your heat pump. This will ensure the other heating system is only used as a backup to your energy-efficient heat pump.

To maximize the benefits of your heat pump and ensure it runs smoothly, you'll also want to follow manufacturer instructions to keep the dust filters and any allergen cartridges in your heat pump clean. Make sure to keep your outdoor unit clear of debris and ice buildup to maintain proper air flow.

Call about Emera Maine's Space Heating Rate

Emera Maine customers who use heat pumps also may be eligible for a lower electric heat delivery rate during the heating season. See our Residential Rates page and contact us for more information or to sign up.

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