Tips for Investing in a Heat Pump
The first step in upgrading your heating system is to make sure you pick all the low-hanging fruit through weatherization and other savings measures first.
- Boost weatherization: insulation, caulking, weatherstripping.
- Boost attic/roof venting.
- Consider window covering and shading devices.
- Check and seal ductwork.
After you have done this, you are ready to consider payback based on projected efficiency gains. If you have an older system, or one fraught with costly repairs, it may be time to upgrade. While the initial cost of a heat pump may be higher than other systems, there are often incentives from your local utility and the government to help bring that cost down.
- Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative offers rebates on energy-efficient heat pumps.
- For more information, visit www.psrec.coop BEFORE you buy your system.
- The federal government offers tax incentives. Talk to your tax professional.
- Consult at least three licensed HVAC contractors and ask about options that may be available to you.