Electric Heating-and-Cooling Equipment
Electric heating-and-cooling alternatives, such as air- and ground-source pumps, are a smart alternative to traditional fossil fuels. They help keep the air clean and gets us to a clean-energy future.
A heating-and-cooling pump moves the existing heat in the air or ground from one place to another using electric or renewable power. In summer, it moves heat from inside a building to the outside, and in winter it works like an air conditioner in reverse and moves heat from outside into the building.
Unlike traditional systems that are powered by burning fossil fuels or using electric resistance, heating-and-cooling pumps are very energy efficient—they extract more energy than they consume—and the latest models work reliably even when the temperature outside is extremely cold or hot.
Pump Types and Rebates
Whether you’re looking to install a new heating-and-cooling system or supplement your current equipment, you’ll find rebates to maximize your comfort and cost savings all year long.
Collects heat from the outdoor air, transfers it via an air exchanger, and distributes it inside. During the summer, the operation is reversed to cool your building by moving heat from indoors to outdoors.
Carries cool and warm air through a building using a duct system.
Best for: Houses with existing central-air-conditioning systems that need to be replaced. Air-source can also provide heat in the winter, supplementing your furnace and increasing its lifespan.
A whisper-quiet heating-and-cooling system composed of two parts: an outdoor condensing unit and up to four indoor air handling units. The indoor air handlers provide multi-zone temperature control can be suspended from a ceiling or mounted on a wall.
Best for: Houses or apartments that need an easy-to-install heating-and-cooling system that doesn’t require ductwork and won’t block a window.
Variable Refrigerant Flow
Like a ductless mini-split, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) is composed of an outdoor unit that circulates refrigerant to one or multiple indoor units, allowing for simultaneous heating and cooling in different zones and personalized comfort control.
Best for: Multifamily or commercial buildings since just one outdoor compressor can control dozens of indoor units.
Ground-source (also known as geothermal) transfers heat stored in the earth into your building during the winter, and transfers it out and back into the ground during the summer to keep your space cool. Since the ground remains at a consistent temperature throughout the year—around 55°F—geothermal is even more efficient than air-source systems.
In addition to heating and cooling, a geothermal pump equipped with a desuperheater can also produce hot water by transferring excess heat from the pump’s compressor to the building’s hot water tank, boosting energy savings, especially during the summer.
Best for: Houses with surrounding property, or new residential or commercial construction projects.
Heat Pump Water Heater
Water heating is typically the second highest energy expense in your home and can account for up to 19 percent of your home energy costs. Since heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly, they use energy more efficiently than standard tank water heaters.
Best for: Houses that need to replace their water heater or want to upgrade to a more efficient model.
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