If you have an older heat pump that is not as efficient as you would like but a new heat pump is not an option, we may have a way to help you increase your existing heat pumps efficiency and decrease your energy bill. The Energy Trust of Oregon has a program called Heat Pump Advanced Controls.

It is possible that your electric furnace is turning on to warm up your home before your heat pump has a chance to work which will drive up your energy bill. By utilizing heat pump advanced controls, you can prevent your furnace from turning on when it is not needed possibly saving up to 15% of the energy you use to heat your home, lowering your annual heating costs by nearly $100. All this without replacing your heat pump.

What are heat pump advanced controls? Simply a new thermostat connected to a small outdoor temperature sensor. This will prevent your furnace from turning on when the temperature outside exceeds 35 to 40 degrees. When it is colder than that, the controls will allow your forced air furnace to turn on and support your heat pump. This will help your home maintain an even, comfortable indoor temperature.

The Energy Trust  is currently offering a limited number of $250 cash incentives to qualifying homeowners who install heat pump advanced controls. You may be eligible for this program if you meet the following criteria:

-Your home is heated with electricity from Pacific Power or PGE.
-Your home is primarily heated by an electric heat pump and electric forced air furnace.
-Your home has no other heat source except for a fireplace or plug-in heater. Heating stoves and gas furnaces do not qualify.
-You live in a single family, detached home on a permanent foundation.
-You have lived in your home for at least one year and plan to live there for at least another two years.
-You are not installing a new heat pump.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please go to www.energytrust.org/heatpumpcontrols or call us at one of our three locations and we will have a sales staff member meet with you to determine if you are eligible for this program and if so, what control is best for you. To take advantage of this program, only certified contractors may install the thermostat and temperature sensor and Pacific Air Comfort is a certified contractor.

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