Ask Jack – Why Heat Pumps

Ask Jack - Q&A With Jack Blackstone

Welcome to a new section on the Boune’s Energy blog called Ask Jack – With Jack Blackstone. We’re grateful to have arguably one of the best resources when it comes to heat pump technology and we want to share some of that knowledge with our readers. So check back here often for new Ask Jack entries and feel free to submit your question for Jack on our Contact Page. Our first entry in the Ask Jack series answers the question, Why Heat Pumps?

Why Heat Pumps?

It may seem like heat pumps have just exploded on the market in the last few years but they’ve been around for a long time, even here in colder climates like Vermont.

The Heat Pumps that were available in the early 2000s worked in colder temperatures, but they lost a lot of capacity and efficiency as temperatures dropped. This made them a fantastic heating source in the “shoulder seasons” when temperatures were around 30 degrees F and higher. Customers could use their Heat Pump when they were most efficient, then switch to their main system during the colder months. Annual cost savings were approaching 30-40% using this strategy.

A shift in mindset regarding heat pumps

2008 was a pivotal year when we saw heating fuel prices soaring to an average of $4.50 per gallon. It was during this period that Mini Split Heat Pumps, initially utilized primarily for air conditioning, gained prominence as an alternative heating solution. Homeowners with existing heat pumps started employing them more for heating, and the results were not only impressive in terms of performance but they also yielded substantial cost savings. This positive feedback sparked a renewed interest and conversation about the efficacy of heat pumps in Vermont.

As the years progressed, more advanced and efficient heat pump models entered the market, offering increased capacity even in colder outdoor temperatures while consuming less energy. Somewhere between 2012 and 2014, Efficiency Vermont, a valuable resource for energy-conscious Vermonters, shifted its focus toward promoting high-efficiency electric heating options, particularly heat pumps. Efficiency Vermont assists residents in selecting the most energy-efficient products by providing rebates and incentives, ensuring thorough research into the impact on both consumers and the environment.

Shifting our business model

The rising demand for heat pumps among customers highlighted the need for specialized installation and servicing companies. In response, in the summer of 2014, we made the strategic decision to redirect the focus of our business towards heat pumps. This shift allowed us to prioritize delivering top-quality products and services at competitive prices and helped ensure our team could become the most knowledgeable and experienced resource on heat pumps in Central and Northern Vermont.

Making smart choices for your home

Despite the significant improvements in heat pump efficiency over the years, here at Bourne’s Energy we continue to advocate for having a backup heating source. We recommend this regardless of the heating source you use in your home. So while we have been installing “Heat Pump Only” systems in newer homes, we equip them with multiple outdoor compressor units. If one component fails, there is another to ensure the home has another option. With these brutal Vermont winters, we want to ensure all of our customers are safe and warm.

If you’re considering a heat pump as a heating source for your home, Bourne’s Energy has the experience and expertise to guide you to the best setup for your unique needs. Visit our heat pump page to learn more and request a free estimate.

Thanks for reading Ask Jack with me, Jack Blackstone.