Homeowners have received incentives for heat pump units installed by these contractors. United Power is not responsible for services or products provided by the contractors listed. United Power recommends that homeowners choose a contractor located close to your home to reduce trip fees.
How to Shop for a Heat Pump Contractor
- Select a Local Contractor
- Many contractors charge an initial trip fee and if your home is located far from their office, that trip fee could be substantial. Also, in the event that your equipment would need repairs, hiring a contractor close to you will increase the likelihood that they can respond quickly.
- Get a Minimum of Three Bids
- Pick three or four contractors to meet for estimates and further discussion. A contractor should be able to answer your questions satisfactorily and in a manner that puts you at ease. Compare services and warranties when considering price. Your lowest bid may not always be the best value.
- Compare Equipment
- Size (in tons): The size, or tonnage of a unit, measures the unit’s ability to cool a home at 12,000 BTU’s per hour. The size of your home is also a factor in determining the size of the unit that will work most efficiently for you. An undersized unit will have to work twice as hard and won’t operate as efficiently.
- SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating): The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit is. United Power and Tri-State G&T currently require a 13 SEER minimum to qualify for our rebates. To qualify for an IRS tax credit, the Federal Government currently requires a 15 SEER and 9 HSPF minimum.
- HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor): HSPF is the ratio of the estimated seasonal heating output. Typically the higher the SEER is, the higher the HSPF will be.
- Warranties: Compare labor and parts warranties. Warranties on parts can vary between the compressor, coils, fans, and controls.
- Other Considerations
- How long will it take the contractor to begin the job, complete the job, and leave the premises in a clean and orderly appearance?
- If you are replacing an old air conditioner or heat pump unit, will the contractor reclaim the existing refrigerant and be responsible for removing and properly disposing of old equipment?
Combine United Power’s substantial heat pump rebates, with federal tax credits and energy savings and your heat pump will easily pay for itself. Learn more here.
For more information about heat pumps and rebates, please contact United Power’s Energy Management Experts at 303-659-0551.
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Join the Contractors List
To have your business listed as a United Power contractor you must have installed a heat pump in the United Power service territory and the installation must be inspected by a United Power Energy Management Specialist. For more information about adding your company to this list or to make changes to the information listed here please contact Cesar KoKoletzi by email or by calling 303-637-1311.