Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are ideal in southern climates: In the winter, they draw warmth from the air to keep you warm; in the summer, they remove heat from the air to keep you cool. And they do it all in the most energy efficient way possible, saving you money year-round.

Buying a new heating and cooling system can be confusing. That’s why TVA and your local power company created the EnergyRight Solutions Heat Pump Plan, to make it easier to find the best system to suit your needs. Here’s how to determine that, and to get the most from our program and/or rebates:

  1. Choose the heat type that’s right for you: air source, dual-fuel, or geothermal.
  2. Choose a contractor from the Quality Contractor Network. Every member on the HVAC list is certified to provide a quality installation.
  3. Select a system. Cost, size and ductwork construction will influence your decision. Your Quality Contractor Network (QCN) member can advise you.
  4. Obtain financing. EnergyRight Solutions can make new heat pumps more affordable than ever. You can have low monthly payments added to your power bill and take up to 10 years to pay. Check with your local power company for availability.

eScore Provides Rebates for HVAC units

The eScore Program provides homeowners the ability to receive low-interest financing (where available) and rebates on ENERGY STAR HVAC equipment among other upgrades. Visit www.2eScore.com for more information.

Maintaining a Heat Pump for Maximum Savings

  • Change air filters monthly.
  • Get a professional tune-up 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, and keep leaves away in the fall.
  • Shade your condenser unit if possible. You will save money if your unit is processing cooler air.
  • If your ductwork runs through non-conditioned space, make sure it is insulated.
  • Operate your system with savings in mind: Raise the temperature a little in summer, and lower it a little in winter.

Air Source Heat Pumps

This most common type of heat pump works solely by exchanging hot air for cool air—heating your home in the winter, and cooling it in the summer. There are two basic types: packaged, and split-system. The layout of your home will usually determine which one you choose.

Dual-Fuel Heat Pumps

A dual-fuel heat pump is an electric heat pump and a gas furnace all in one, offering you maximum efficiency during typical Southeastern winter weather, and a boost of gas heat when the temperature falls below freezing.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Looking for the most energy efficient heat pump system of all? It’s a geothermal heat pump, which uses the constant temperature of the earth to warm and cool your home regardless of the highs and lows of outdoor air.

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Technical Resource Manual

For information regarding TVA energy efficiency savings estimates and assumptions, see the TVA Technical Resource Manual (TRM).

TRM 2017 Version 5
TRM Appendix 2017 Version 5
 
TRM 2016 Version 4
 
TRM 2015 Version 3