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Heat Pumps

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  • Understand the cost. The cost to install a heat pump in your home will depend on the specific characteristics of the building, the kind of system and the features you choose, and your installer. The Sponsors of Mass Save offer rebates and financing to help make the purchase and installation of energy-efficient heat pumps affordable for Massachusetts residents.
  • Connect with experts. Schedule a no-cost virtual Heating and Cooling Consultation with a Mass Save Heat Pump Specialist or work directly with a trained and approved contractor that participates in the Mass Save Heat Pump Installer Network.
  • Maximize system performance. Heat pumps operate differently than conventional combustion heating systems and require different operation and maintenance practices. The Sponsors of Mass Save offer heat pump user tips that will help you minimize your energy use and maximize your comfort.

Introduction to Heat Pumps

If you are looking for a convenient way to heat and cool your home, consider a heat pump. Heat pumps efficiently heat in the winter and double as a cooling system in the summer — while lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This clean technology is environmentally friendly, affordable to operate, and can last longer than other heating and cooling systems.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps move heat indoors in the winter and draw heat outdoors in the summer (Figure 1). Instead of burning fossil fuels, they’re powered by electricity and move—rather than create—heat to keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round. Today’s high-performance heat pumps can be up to 400% efficient and many provide efficient heating at outdoor temperatures as low as -15°F.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps extract heat from the air outside and distribute it inside in the winter. During warmer months, this process is reversed to provide cooling. These highly efficient systems could cut your heating and cooling costs by up to 30%. There are both ducted and ductless heat pumps making them suited to homes with or without existing ductwork.

  • Ducted systems work well for homes that already have ducts or where the homeowner is planning to install ductwork.
  • Ductless units (commonly known as mini-splits) can be mounted on a wall, mounted to the floor, or embedded in the ceiling. Ductless systems are a great option for houses that have no existing ductwork.

Water Source Heat Pumps

Water source (geothermal) heat pumps extract heat from the water during cold weather and distribute it throughout your home. During warmer months, this process is reversed to provide cooling. This system is the most efficient type of heat pump and can offer up to 50% savings on heating and cooling costs compared to a conventional fossil fuel system. These heat pumps are a great option for properties with sufficient outdoor space to accommodate the system.

Emergency Efficiency:

MSB Services LLC’s expert technicians perform an in-depth evaluation first, then consider initial measures like insulating & sealing ductwork or doing entire weatherization work. We provide professional guidance & financial assistance to enhance your home's energy efficiency and help you get an advanced heating system. Mass Save helps get a more efficient air conditioning system to reduce expenses and to make more energy-efficient choices.  

Heat Integration:

While high-efficiency heat pumps can meet 100% of a home's heating requirements, some customers may choose to maintain their current heating system in place. To achieve the most incredible savings and comfort, integrated controls allow you to use your heat pump as much as possible while minimizing the use of your existing system. Contact us for effective heat pump installations & repair services in Boston.

Electric Usage:

Running a heat pump increases power consumption because it is an electrical system. In many cases, savings elsewhere, like a reduced propane or oil heating fuel expenditure, balance that other electrical use. You can alternatively determine that a higher energy expense is justified by greater comfort. Adding a heat pump where there was previously none would raise your power usage. We are the ultimate choice in Boston if you want heat pump installations to get effective energy-efficient alternatives to air conditioners and furnaces suitable for all weather conditions.