Tag: Heat Pumps


2021 Tax Credits

Talk to your tax professional to see if your heat pump will qualify for an Equipment Tax Credit for Primary Residence. 

Heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified meet the requirements for this tax credit.

Tax Credit Amount: $300

Split Systems:
HSPF >= 8.5
EER >= 12.5
SEER >= 15

Package systems:
HSPF >= 8
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14


You can find information about your heat pumps HSPF, EER and SEER here


The Center for Grieving Children

Royal River Heat Pumps will be featuring the Center for Grieving Children this month on the Ripple to River webpage. Even a small, individual act of kindness can “ripple out” into something significant for kids that are facing challenges nobody ever wants to face. One person’s donation, no matter how small, can combine with others to bring comfort and positive change to a family facing unimaginable challenges after their child has been diagnosed with a critical illness. Ripple to River will highlight one Maine-based organization each month that focuses on supporting these children. More


New Energy Star Standards

The White House has announced that the government is going to develop “building performance standards” for federal buildings and establish new Energy Star standards for heat pumps. This is all part of the White House agenda to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. According to this article from the Washington Post, Jeffrey Schub, Executive Director of the Coalition for Green Capital, said “The need for heat pumps is clear. Electric heat pumps are the key central technology for decarbonizing buildings, especially households.”

Installing electric heat pumps in place of a gas furnace and gas water heater could reduce heating emissions by more than 45 percent over the next 10 years. That’s like cutting your car’s carbon pollution by more than half, according to his article from Sierra Club.

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Cares for Kids Radiothon, March 11-March 13, 2021

FRANK 107.5 and 99.9 The Wolf will be broadcasting live Thursday, March 11th from 6 AM – 7 PM, Friday 6 AM – 6 PM, and Saturday 8 AM – 3 PM.

100% of the funds raised during the Cares for Kids Radiothon will stay local and support the programs and services at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

A message from Scott Libby, owner: At Royal River Heat Pumps we care about a lot of things, like your home comfort, energy efficiency, our co-workers and their families, but most of all, we care about children. I know first hand about the work that happens at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, that’s why I’m asking you to donate today, and help us Care for Kids.





When Extreme Cold Strikes, Reliable Performance is Key

From Mitsubishi Electric’s blog:

Last week, the U.S. experienced widespread (and in many places, unprecedented) cold temperatures, as a massive cold front swept the country. The record-breaking winter storm brought extreme cold, snow and ice and left homeowners with power outages, burst water pipes, property damage and strained HVAC systems in its wake.

Performance is Key
Last week’s weather was unexpected, even in places where snowfall and extreme cold are rare, but not unheard of. As homeowners in typically warmer climates cranked their heating systems to combat the cold, many saw their systems struggling to keep up with the sudden demand.

It’s easy to pin this type of weather event as an anomaly, but consider this: two weeks prior to last week’s cold front, all 50 states saw below freezing temperatures over the span of one day. 235 million Americans felt the effects of a polar vortex that brought discomfort to homeowners nationwide, and left many reconsidering their HVAC systems’ cold-climate performance.

The Heat Pump Difference
While we can’t always predict extreme outdoor conditions and temperature drops, we can choose systems that perform effectively in any climate. A high-performing heat pump system is efficient and has the capacity to provide comfort in extreme temperatures.

Not only are today’s heat pump systems more energy efficient than traditional, fossil-fuel burning systems, they also perform just as well, if not better! In fact, Mitsubishi Electric units equipped with advanced Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) compressor technology perform at 100 percent of rated capacity in outdoor ambient temperatures as low as 5° F, with continued performance down to -13° F.

Homeowners in typically warmer climates may not necessarily need to run out and invest in a hyper-heating system, but it’s important to prepare for extremes, no matter your latitude. Don’t get left out in the cold. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a Designer.


Efficiency Maine Rebates

If your old wall air conditioning units aren’t cooling and heating your home you might want to consider a ductless mini split (also known as mini split ac unit, mini split system, or heat pump) from Royal River Heat Pumps.

Aside from saving money on your heating bill, heat pumps are more affordable than ever, and more efficient than an air conditioner, electric heating and fossil fuels. Efficiency Maine offers rebates of up to $1,500 for some residential heat pumps to help with cooling and heating your home. They must have an AHRI-rated HSPF of 12.0 or greater for systems with single indoor unit and an AHRI-rated HSPF 10.0 or greater for systems with multiple indoor units to meet the minimum requirements. They must be installed in a 1- to 4-unit residential building located in Maine. They must be used to heat the home throughout the heating season, and be installed in a primary living area, not a garage or outbuilding. The lifetime limit is two heat pump indoor unit rebates per residence. The heat pumps must be installed by a Residential Registered Vendor and installed according to the Heat Pump Installation Requirements Checklist. Royal River Heat Pumps is a Registered Vendor and we will even take care of filling out the paperwork for you and submitting the required documentation.

Efficiency Maine offers loans up to $15,000 over 10 years with no fees and interest rates as low as 4.99% APR if you need help with the cost. We are currently scheduling appointments with Designers. All employees have their temperature taken every day, frequently wash their hands and sanitize, wear masks at all times with other people, and are very conscientious of your safety.  We are currently scheduling appointments with Designers. Call us at 207-400-4065 to book an appointment.