Heat Pumps Co. Coming to Former GP Mill
Posted in the Old Town Forum
#1 Nov 25, 2007
Pumped to be hot, hot, hot
A Bangor company is making a high-efficiency heat pump designed to work in cold climates.
By TUX TURKEL, Staff Writer (Maine Sunday Telegram)
November 25, 2007
BANGOR -– A headline last year on the cover of Architectural Record magazine posed this provocative question: "Can a new kind of heat pump change the world?"
The answer is being formulated now in a small warehouse here.
This is the headquarters of Hallowell International. The two- year-old company makes a combined heating and cooling system that uses patented technology to improve the cold- weather efficiency of the basic heat pump.
Electric heat pumps extract warmth from air or water and transfer it in order to cool or heat living space. They're the dominate heating and cooling source in the Southeast.
But heat pumps are rare in Maine, where eight in 10 homes burn oil. One reason: Conventional air-source models don't work well when the temperature drops below freezing.
If somebody could design and sell a high-efficiency heat pump that keeps a home comfy at minus 30 degrees for half the price of heating oil, well, maybe that could change the world. Especially a world reeling from high energy costs and the growing impact of climate change.
"It's a pretty bold statement," said Duane Hallowell, the founder and president of Hallowell International, reacting to the magazine headline. "But at the same time, yeah, it should be our mission."
The new heat pump being manufactured and sold by Hallowell has been 12 years in the making. After one false start, the product appears ready for prime time.
The company has lined up 2,000 dealers in 35 states and all Canadian provinces.
It has sold roughly 2,400 units this year and installed 1,000 of them.
It has five related products under development for roll-outs in 2008.
Also next year, the company expects to expand into a refurbished mill in Old Town to produce a commerical-size unit...(more and source):
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