A Heat pump keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer

The most economical way to heat and cool your home in West Tennessee’s climate is with an energy-efficient, electric heat pump.

Modern air-source heat pumps can reduce your electricity use by 50% compared to furnaces and baseboard heaters, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tennessee Valley Authority reports the operating costs for a standard heat pump are 53% less than natural gas or propane, and air-conditioning costs with a heat pump are similar to costs with other central air conditioning systems.

That translates into hundreds of dollars in savings on your utility bills each year.

How does a heat pump work?

The most common type of heat pump is an air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your home and the outside air. In cold weather, a heat pump takes heat from the air outside your home and circulates it inside your home.

The process reverses in the summer, as it takes the hot air from inside your home and pumps it outside, while circulating the cooled, dehumidi ed air in your home. 

A heat pump’s performance is rated by its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the SEER, the higher the efficiency of the heat pump and the lower the cost to operate it.

The higher the efficiency of your pump, the more you will pay for the unit on the front end, but the less expensive it will be to operate. You will realize the savings each month on your electric bill.

Buying a heat pump

Ripley Power and Light offers low-interest financing for your heat pump purchase. You can pay for your heat pump on your monthly utility bill with no money down, up to 10 years to repay and no prepayment penalty.

To be eligible for the financing, you must buy your heat pump through a member of Ripley Power and Light’s Quality Contractor Network. This ensures you get the correct-sized heat pump for your home’s heating and cooling needs, and it will be installed correctly. 

Members of Ripley’s network are Quality Service Heating and Air in Ripley and Windle Heating and Air Conditioning in Dyersburg.

Need more information?

To learn more about financing a heat pump, call 731-635-2323, or visit ripleypower.com to apply online. Find out more about heat pumps at energy.gov and tva.com.