Whether you use air, water, or another fluid, heating and cooling systems use a lot of energy. The good news is that you can cut your energy use and costs significantly with air-source heat pumps.
Air Source Heat Pumps
There are many ways to heat and cool your home. Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) move heat between the outside and inside of your home to keep your home a comfortable temperature all year round. ASHPs have been used for many years in nearly all parts of the United States. Recent technology advancements now make them a strong alternative for space heating in colder regions like New York State.
Today's ASHP can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. They also dehumidify better than standard central air- conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months.
Types of Air-Source Heat Pumps
Ducted vs. Ductless
Ducted systems simply use ductwork. They are central systems that provide heating and cooling through ductwork. If your home already has a ventilation system or the home will be a new construction, you might consider this option.
Ductless heat pumps, also known as mini-splits, consist of two units: a slim outdoor condenser, an indoor air handler. This indoor unit is connected to the outdoor compressor through a small opening in the wall or ceiling behind it. This means that mini splits don’t require ductwork to carry warm or cold air throughout the home. No ductwork means that mini-splits are very space-saving and flexible in where they can be placed, making them perfect for renovations and home additions. Systems can be single or multi-zone. Single-zone heat or cool one room while multi-zone have two or more indoor air handlers connected to an outdoor condenser allowing you to heat or cool individual rooms, hallways, and open spaces.
- Quiet to operate and highly efficient, because they move heat rather than convert it.
- Saves money on heating, if your home is currently heated with electricity, fuel oil or propane.
- Saves money on cooling because air-source heat pumps provide more efficient air conditioning than most other cooling systems.
- Lower your home carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are displacing.