- Cost: Lower your utility bills compared to oil, propane, or electric heating and cooling
- Comfort: Get all-in-one heating, cooling, and dehumidification
- Flexibility: Install them easily and inexpensively in either an individual room or your whole home or business
- Convenience: Install ductless units or use your existing ductwork with a centrally-ducted heat pump
- Efficiency: Achieve up to 2-3 times more efficient—for every 1 unit of energy used to power a heat pump, up to 4 units of heat energy are supplied
- Environmental impact: Reduce your carbon footprint by emitting less greenhouse
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There are both ducted and ductless heat pumps making them suited to homes and businesses with or without existing ductwork.
- Ductless heat pumps, also known as mini-splits, are an efficient alternative for heating and cooling areas where ductwork doesn’t exist or can’t be installed.
- Ducted air source heat pumps are a low cost and energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home or business using your existing ductwork.
Ductless heat pumps have three main parts: an indoor unit that mounts on the floor, wall, or ceiling; an outdoor unit that typically sits on the ground; and a remote control that operates the inside unit.
Indoor and outdoor units are connected by small refrigerant lines, which carry heat between the two.
Ducted heat pumps deliver conditioned air through air ducts. They have an exterior unit that extracts heat from the outside air, which is carried by refrigerant to an interior unit for distribution throughout your home or business. During the summer, they work in reverse to provide central air conditioning and keep you cool.
To pick the right heat pump for your home or business, consult with a qualified contractor that participates in the Energize CT Heat Pump Installer Network.
If you find a system that is listed on the Energize CT Heat Pump Qualified Products List, and qualifies based on our Air Source Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings Chart, simply have your contractor purchase a qualifying heat pump on your behalf and you can take advantage of our instant discounts. When the installation is complete, work with your contractor to find out if you qualify for an additional energy optimization rebate.
- Efficiency first: Before upgrading your heating system, consider preliminary measures, such as sealing and insulating your ductwork or completing weatherization work. Heat pumps installed in a properly weatherized home can dramatically improve comfort, and a tighter, more insulated home will not only save money on operating costs and reduce carbon emissions throughout the year - it may also allow you to buy smaller, less expensive equipment.
- Electrical usage: A heat pump is an electrical system, so running one will add to your electrical use. In many cases, that additional electrical use is offset by savings elsewhere, such as a propane or oil heating fuel bill.
- Quality installation: Heat pumps work best when correctly sized and designed for your home or business. Working closely with a qualified contractor will help ensure your system is designed to meet your heating and cooling needs
Compare the annual cost and carbon emissions savings from investing in a new heating and cooling system. The Clean Heating & Cooling Calculator can help you see how much upgrading your system to heat pumps would reduce your carbon emissions – and what it would mean for your home’s budget.
How Heat Pumps Work
Air source heat pumps move heat inside in the winter and draw heat outside in the summer. Instead of burning fossil fuels, like oil or propane, they use a refrigerant cycle, powered by electricity, to move heat and keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round.
Since they’re an electric appliance your electricity usage may go up, but you’ll save money on other utilities.
“We reached out to Eversource on this project as a result of having been working with the ENERGY STAR program on the community that we built next door. We’ve been to a number of their seminars and we found that they were very helpful. When you want to do it right, go to where the experts are.”– Alan Williams The Four Seasons of Colchester Developer
The Four Seasons of Colchester
The Four Seasons of Colchester is a multifamily apartment complex in Southeastern Connecticut with one and two-bedroom apartments. Guidance and a large incentive from Eversource helped Alan Williams, the complex’s developer, create buildings with cutting-edge features, including ductless heat pumps for more efficient heating and cooling. The project resulted in:
- Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating score of 40-45 (an exceptionally good score).
- Buildings that are 55-60 percent more energy efficient than standard new homes.
- 304,668 kWh saved annually.
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- Request an energy assessment of your home.
- Receive customized energy-saving recommendations.
- Get help implementing energy-saving measures from a technician or receive rebates and incentives to implement them yourself.