Ask the Expert – Late Winter 2013

Dave Kirchner, Residential Maintenance for Tudi Mechanical Systems

Q: I have an old gas furnace. Would I save money on heat if I switched to an electric heat pump?
A: In most cases, the answer is yes. When outdoor temperatures range between 35° and 50°, an electric heat pump can be as much as three times more efficient than a standard “one-speed only” gas furnace.

Q: Would a heat pump keep my home warm enough in the winter?
A: Yes. Advances in technology have made heat pumps a better choice for cold weather climates like ours. In the past, heat pumps became ineffective when outdoor temperatures reached the freezing point (32°). Now, thanks to innovations like the hyper-heating inverter, new heat pumps can keep a home toasty warm even if outdoor temperatures drop to 0°.

Contact us if you would like us to do an analysis of your current equipment and provide recommendations for what would work best for your home.