Questions to ask when replacing your heating / cooling system
It can be a big expense, so make sure you find the right contractor and ask the right questions. Here's a listing of good questions to start, HVAC Questions to Ask when Replacing.pdf
Geothermal Heating & Cooling
Our Geothermal Library features everything you need to know about the world’s most efficient form of heating and cooling.
Take out the Annual Heating, Cooling & Water Heating Costs section, and insert a sentence: Geothermal users save hundreds of dollars annually in lower heating, cooling and water heating costs - sometimes over $1,000 per year - compared to propane and natural gas.
Geothermal is the preferred choice. Midwest Electric recently surveyed all members who have geothermal, and this is what geothermal users think about geothermal:
- 99% are satisfied or very satisfied with the cooling performance of their geothermal system.
- 97% are satisfied or very satisfied with the heating performance of their geothermal system.
- The vast majority - 85% - said geothermal has provided their family with "significant savings."
- 99% said they would choose geothermal again if they had to make the choice again today.
- 98% said the benefits of geothermal are worth the initial investment.
Geothermal systems are several times more efficient than gas furnaces, and use the limitless resource of the ground's natural temperature. Geothermal systems use underground pipes and an environmentally friendly liquid to transfer heat between your home and yard.
They also provide the most efficient, least cost air conditioning in the summer. And, the excess heat from the compressor is used to pre-heat your hot water tank - saving 30-40% on your water heating costs.
Click here for commonly asked questions about geothermal, and their answers.
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Special Rates and Rebates
For information on Midwest Electric's special rebates and heating rates, click here.
Air-Source Heat Pumps
Today's high-efficiency air source heat pumps provide year-round comfort with reliable technology. Improvements to coil and motor design, coupled with variable-speed blowers and sophisticated thermostatic expansion valves make today's heat pumps a choice you can count on for years to come.
Typically, the heat pump will work alongside your existing gas, propane or oil furnace. The heat pump will be the primary heating source typically until outside temperatures are around 30 degrees F. Once outdoor temperatures fall below the set temperature, the system automatically switches over to your gas furnace.
The average household can save on average $400 per year in lower heating bills by adding a heat pump to your existing furnace. Call us for a personalized cost comparison.
Electric Space Heaters
Beware of slick ads that claim you can save big energy bucks with their fancy electric heater. Remember - all electric space heaters have the same efficiency. (Of course, heat pumps and geothermal are not space heaters, and they are significantly more efficient than space heaters.)
You could spend $50 for a space heater that provides the same efficiency and comfort as the fancy $500 heater. Before you buy, read our free brochure on choosing an electric space heater, Electric Heat Brochure
And visit this blog on Consumer Reports on the topic, Are EdenPure Space Heaters Just a Lot of Hot Air?