Heat pumps require a bit of extra research and planning so start early. Here is a suggested checklist of things you can do in advance.
- Research heat pumps to understand how they work, the benefits to you, and how they might change the normal operation of your home. This guide is a great place to do that!
- Consider getting a home energy audit to also learn how to reduce the total energy needed to operate your home and to qualify for some rebates and incentives.
- Research what local companies offer the type of heat pump you are looking for.
- Have one or more installers come to your home to
- Estimate the remaining lifespan of your existing system,
- Estimate the size of the heat pump required,
- Determine where it will fit inside and outside your home,
- Outline what additional work might be needed, and
- Provide a quote.
Keep this information on file for when you need it.
- Ask the installer to check if you will need an upgrade to your electrical panel. If so,
- Call your utility to check if you need an upgrade to the electrical connection to your home.
- Call an electrician to get a quote for upgrading your electrical panel.
- Upgrading your electrical panel can be done in advance and may save time when it comes to installing your heat pump.
- Check to see if there are any incentives or rebates available. Keep this information on file for when you need it.
- Consider replacing an older furnace or water heater before it breaks down. You may save money and stress if you do not have to rely on what is available at the last minute.