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heating and cooling your home

An electric heat pump is the most comfortable and efficient way to heat and cool your home. In hot weather it keeps you pleasantly cool, and in cold weather it circulates warm air evenly throughout every room.

HEAT PUMP PROGRAM BENEFITS

Buying a new heating and cooling system can be confusing. That's why your local public power company and TVA created the EnergyRight Solutions Heat Pump Program, to make it easier for you to find the best system for your home. The program offers:

  • Low-interest, fixed-rate financing
  • Access to the Quality Contractor Network (QCN) — professional contractors meeting the highest standards.

Call your local power company for program information.

BUYING A SYSTEM

There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a heating and cooling system.

  • Types of heat pump. Air source, dual-fuel, geothermal — read about the benefits of each type.
  • Choosing a contractor. These professionals have a proven track record of successful installations.
  • Selecting a system. Cost, size and ductwork construction will influence your decision.
  • Financing. The EnergyRight Solutions Heat Pump Program can make a new electric heat pump more affordable than ever. You can have your low monthly payments added to your electric bill and take up to 10 years to pay for your system. Check with your local power company for details.

MAINTAINING AN HVAC SYSTEM

These tips will help you keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently:

  • Change air filters monthly.
  • Get a professional tune-up of your heating and cooling system annually to keep it running as efficiently as possible.
  • Have your ductwork inspected and repair any leaks.
  • Keep your outside condenser unit clean and clear of vegetation, debris or weeds. Mow grass away from the condenser in the summer and keep the fan grill free of leaves in the fall.
  • Shade your condenser unit if possible. You will save energy if your unit is processing cooler air.
  • Ductwork in low-energy homes is placed inside the conditioned space, which prevents heat transfer from or to the ducts. If your ductwork runs through non-conditioned space, be sure it is insulated.
  • Operate your system with energy saving in mind. Raise the temperature settings in the summer and lower them in the winter.
FEDERAL TAX CREDITS

Find out about tax credits you can receive for installing energy-efficient products and technologies in your home.

 

ENERGY LIBRARY

Learn more about HVAC systems.