A cold climate heat pump can lower your heating costs considerably and double as a cooling system in the summer.
Heat pumps draw heat from the environment and move it indoors to heat your home, or move it outdoors to cool your home. Air-source heat pumps gather heat from the ambient air, while ground-source or geothermal heat pumps extract it from the ground. Heat pump technology has evolved in recent years, and new ductless air-source models are designed to excel in cold climates like Vermont’s. The efficiency and cost savings of switching to heat pumps can be significant, depending on the fuel you currently use.
How Do Heat Pumps Work?
While most heating systems burn fuel, a heat pump moves existing heat from one place to another. In the case of an air-source heat pump, heat is collected from the exterior air, concentrated via an outdoor compressor, and distributed inside through an indoor room unit. Heat pumps require electricity to run, but can deliver more energy than they use. In summer, a heat pump’s operation is reversed to air condition your home by moving heat from indoors to out.
- Effectively heat and cool with a heat pump system
- Zone friendly: heat only the rooms you need to
Air-Source Heat Pumps
Also called mini-splits, cold-climate and ductless heat pumps consume far less energy than electric resistance, propane, or oil heating systems. Typically, one heat pump per room or a multi-zone set-up is necessary for whole-home heating. While effective in cold weather, an air-source heat pump often requires supplemental heat on subzero days. Find out if a heat pump is right for your home or business.
- Lower energy bills by switching from electric resistance, propane, and oil to heat pumps
- No combustion means no carbon monoxide
- No fuel storage or risk of running out of fuel
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
These high-efficiency systems can provide 100% of a building’s heating and cooling needs. They work by extracting stored heat in the ground or groundwater and circulating it through a building. Due to excavation costs, ground-source heat pumps come with a much higher price tag than air-source heat pumps. Contact us to find out if this technology is suitable for your building.
- One system to heat, cool, and supply hot water for your home or business
- Sustainable energy source, delivers more energy than it uses
- More consistent, steady output and performance than air-source heat pumps