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Home and Garden Edition, 2014

Heat pumps are what's hot this winter


Orin Pierson / Petersburg Pilot

An interior heat pump unit gets installed by James Larson, an employee of Fleet Refrigeration, at a remodel project on Birch Street.

More Petersburg homes than ever will be warmed by heat pumps this winter.

These appliances have been gaining popularity as rising crude oil prices in the past five years have motivated home and business owners to look for cheaper heating alternatives.

Though some residents have made the switch from oil to electric boilers, an increasing number are installing electric heat pumps instead.

In the past two years especially there's been a rise in the number of heat-pump installations in Petersburg. Wally McDonald, owner of Fleet Refrigeration, estimates he's installed 40 this summer alone.


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