Use Heat Pumps to Help Control Costs

Adding a heat pump to your business’s HVAC setup provides a valuable hedge against rising utility costs. Air source heat pumps work by cycling hot air into and out of your property. When it’s warm outside, a heat pump draws hot air from your building, reducing the amount of work your A/C must perform. When it’s cold, the pump circulates hot air more efficiently, keeping your staff and customers more comfortable.

Heat pumps are highly versatile appliances and, in most cases, can be added without replacing your existing HVAC systems. A one-time investment in a new commercial heat pump can lead to long-term savings on your utility bills, and reduced wear on your furnace and A/C.

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Key Benefits

Commercial heat pumps can offer a number of benefits for businesses of any size. With the right product, installed and configured to work correctly with your existing HVAC equipment, you can benefit from significantly lower overhead costs — both over the long run and on a month-to-month basis.

Air source heat pumps offset the amount of work your air conditioner or furnace needs to do to maintain a stable temperature. Because they rely on electricity rather than fossil fuels, they are more economical to run than either appliance.

As a result, with a commercial heat pump, your utility costs — and your carbon footprint — will shrink. Additionally, heat pumps reduce the amount of wear on your HVAC equipment, which means these expensive-to-replace appliances will last longer and require less maintenance over time.

For any business, these are important cost-saving advantages that can easily make your investment in a commercial heating pump worth it. For help running the numbers, get in touch with a Shipley Energy representative directly.

Customer Testimonials

Craig E. Abel

“We decided to go with Shipley Energy 10 years ago because of the need to hand this task off to a reputable company that specialized in the field. Our staff is very busy with projects in house and we needed someone (local) whom we could rely on to manage both electric and Natural gas for the long-...

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“We decided to go with Shipley Energy 10 years ago because of the need to hand this task off to a reputable company that specialized in the field. Our staff is very busy with projects in house and we needed someone (local) whom we could rely on to manage both electric and Natural gas for the long- term future. What stands out the most with our relationship / partnership with Shipley is the open communication between the companies. Shipley is constantly monitoring our usages to protect us from unanticipated surprises in the extreme heat or cold temperatures of our seasons. Shipley has well documented usages for our facility and shares that information as we move throughout the seasons and contract process. Shipley strives to uncomplicate the process and is open for conversations as required. I would suspect that If you are looking for a new supplier or are unhappy with your current supplier you owe it to yourself to visit with their sales staff.”

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Matthew Scarpato

“Partnering with Shipley Energy has wonderful experience. We decided to switch to Shipley when our previous energy company viewed us as just another ‘number.’ Cole and his team have taken the time to personally understand our needs and provide us the best products for our operation. Whether we...

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“Partnering with Shipley Energy has wonderful experience. We decided to switch to Shipley when our previous energy company viewed us as just another ‘number.’ Cole and his team have taken the time to personally understand our needs and provide us the best products for our operation. Whether we call Shipley to purchase energy or for HVAC service, we know that we will be taken care of.”

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Justin Shelton

“Springwood Hospitality began our partnership with Shipley Energy in 2013 and at that time, we were managing four hotels. By the end of 2019, our portfolio will have 13 hotels, with more opening close behind. Shipley Energy has successfully helped us manage our portfolio’s energy costs during th...

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“Springwood Hospitality began our partnership with Shipley Energy in 2013 and at that time, we were managing four hotels. By the end of 2019, our portfolio will have 13 hotels, with more opening close behind. Shipley Energy has successfully helped us manage our portfolio’s energy costs during this period of growth. They conduct regular check-ins with our team and monitor industry trends to give us the information we need to make educated decisions about our energy agreements. We have a dedicated account manager that we can go to for any questions or concerns that we have throughout the year and during our renewal they are responsive and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend that other hotel management companies’ partner with Shipley Energy if they would like a peace of mind surrounding their energy costs.”

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Carol Jo Bevans

"TecPort Partners elected to do its most recent electric supply shopping through EnergyObjective, utilizing their impressive reverse auction platform. The company was able to exceed our expectations and lock in our PPL supply at a pleasantly low 18-month price. We saw wide supplier participation, a ...

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"TecPort Partners elected to do its most recent electric supply shopping through EnergyObjective, utilizing their impressive reverse auction platform. The company was able to exceed our expectations and lock in our PPL supply at a pleasantly low 18-month price. We saw wide supplier participation, a competitive back-and-forth bidding process, and complete transparency from start to finish. The contracting process was smooth and there were no surprises. The guidance provided by the reps at EnergyObjective regarding the auction process, market timing, contract lengths, and general electricity knowledge was helpful and appreciated. We at TecPort Partners would recommend the EnergyObjective reverse auction for any electricity user looking for straight talk, competitive pricing, and overall ease in the process."

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Choosing a Commercial Heat Pump

A typical commercial heat pump can be counted on for 25 years of service or more. Though they are expensive initially, their long lifespan, combined with the above benefits, deliver a strong return on your investment over time. However, not all commercial heat pumps are created equally. Any potential purchase must be sized correctly to ensure it reliably delivers the advantages you expect of it.

Other things to consider when selecting a commercial heat pump include the unit’s SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) numbers. These indicate the overall efficiency of the system. Higher-rated units will deliver more savings, but will often cost more to purchase outright.

Like many HVAC appliances, heat pumps are exposed to the elements all day long. Look for a unit with a heavy-duty cabinet that’s suitable for the environmental conditions encountered at your site.

Replacing an Aging Heat Pump

If you already run a heat pump in your business, you understand the positive impact they can have on your overhead. However, there are multiple reasons why you may wish to consider replacing a unit that’s over 10 years old.

Significant efficiency gains have been made with the current generation of commercial heat pumps, and many are now compliant with ENERGY STAR guidelines. They can even help you achieve LEED certification. Newer heat pumps also avoid the feeling of cold air on your skin by more precisely regulating temperatures. Optional dual mode units switch over to conventional heating when temperatures drop below 35 degrees.

Shipley Energy Carries the Latest Heat Pumps

Not sure whether or not a heat pump is right for your business, or if it’s time to replace an aging unit? Shipley Energy can help. We can source commercial heat pumps from many of today’s leading manufacturers. Because we do not represent any single company, we can give you an honest assessment of your budget and your requirements to determine the best product for you.

When you contact Shipley Energy for any of your commercial heat pump needs, you’ll be working with a professional team of NATE-certified technicians in central PA and northern MD. That means we install your purchase right the first time and deliver exceptional service to keep it running its best for years to come.

Preventative Maintenance

A modern commercial heat pump has few regular maintenance requirements, but it’s important to ensure that any required maintenance is completed by trained professionals who understand your setup. Shipley Energy can create a preventative maintenance package that includes a thorough heat pump checkup to spot problems and correct them before they become an issue.

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When you make us your partner for all commercial HVAC service, you’ll quickly find out why we have been trusted by businesses in Harrisburg, State College and beyond for more than 90 years.

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