Category Archives: Heating and Cooling

Articles about heating and cooling technologies, including air source heat pumps, solar hot water, geothermal or ground source heat pumps, etc.

HSPF

What is HSPF and why does it matter with heat pumps?

Upgrading your home with energy-efficient systems like heat pumps saves you money on electricity bills while minimizing carbon emissions. And, incentive and rebate programs like those included in the Inflation Reduction Act make the decision to tap into the financial and environmental benefits of heat pumps even simpler. But between the different makes and models, various features, and technical energy efficiency ratings, it’s easy to feel lost when researching and comparing heat pump systems

Specifically, the various energy efficiency ratings can cause confusion. Although a heat pump is capable of both heating and cooling, the different functions require different amounts of energy and therefore use separate efficiency calculations: SEER and HSPF. In this article, we explain what HSPF means, how heating systems are rated for energy efficiency during the colder months, and when investing in a highly efficient heat pump is actually worth it. 

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heat pump maintenance

Using your heat pump: five tips for maintenance to optimize efficiency

Heat pumps are an effective, cost-cutting alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems. Between (usually) lower energy bills and various incentive programs, heat pumps provide consistent savings in a turbulent energy market. However, proper maintenance is essential to optimize a system’s efficiency and savings. According to the Department of Energy, the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump is 10 to 25 percent lower than that of a neglected one. So, we spoke with some industry experts to gather some helpful maintenance tips to optimize your heat pump’s efficiency. 

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SEER

What is SEER and why does it matter with heat pumps?

Upgrading your home with energy-efficient systems like heat pumps saves you money on electricity bills while minimizing carbon emissions. And, incentive and rebate programs like those included in the Inflation Reduction Act make the decision to tap into the financial and environmental benefits of heat pumps even simpler. But between the different makes and models, various features, and technical energy efficiency ratings, it’s easy to feel lost when researching and comparing heat pump systems

Specifically, the various energy efficiency ratings can cause confusion. Although a heat pump is capable of both heating and cooling, the different functions require different amounts of energy and therefore use separate efficiency calculations: SEER and HSPF. In this article, we’ll explain what SEER means, how cooling systems are rated for energy efficiency during the warmer months, and when investing in a highly efficient heat pump is actually worth it. 

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Mass Save Heat Pump rebate

Complete guide to understanding Mass Save® heat pump rebates

If you live in Massachusetts, there are financial incentives to help you heat and cool your home more efficiently with air source heat pumps. Mass Save® Sponsors help Massachusetts residents save money through energy efficiency and have rebates to help you save money on installing heat pumps. Check out this complete guide to learn all about the air source heat pump rebates available, how to claim your heat pump rebates, and common questions about how the Mass Save rebate program works.

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compare heat pump quotes

How to compare air source heat pump quotes

From single-zone mini-splits to ducted systems that control the temperature of various zones of an entire home, air source heat pumps offer an efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable heating and cooling solution for virtually any home in every climate. But between the industry jargon and complex technology, the process of investing in a new heating and cooling system can be intimidating and confusing for those who aren’t experts (that’s why you have us!). 

With so much new information presented to you, receiving a quote for an air source heat pump system can feel daunting. How do you know if the equipment quoted is the right equipment for your goals? Does the price make sense in today’s market in your area? In this article, we explain key factors to pay attention to so you can confidently compare air source heat pump quotes.

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how many solar panels for air source heat pumps

How many solar panels do I need for air source heat pumps?

Air source heat pumps are an incredible investment in your home’s energy efficiency, but the energy savings don’t have to stop there. Powering your heat pump system with solar panels can maximize energy bill savings while decreasing your carbon footprint. But how do you size a solar system to meet your heating and cooling needs? In this article, we break down what you need to know and discuss with your solar installer to ensure your solar system can power your heat pumps.

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mitsubishi heat pump review

Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps complete review

Air source heat pumps are much more efficient than most heating and cooling options – and they provide both in one system! If your current HVAC system is aging, you may be able to switch to air source heat pumps for higher efficiency, lower overall utility bills, and, depending on where you live, some extra savings through rebates and incentives. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can heat and cool your home using the sun!) 

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mini split cost

How much does a mini split cost?

There’s no off-the-shelf solution to installing mini splits, so the final price you pay will probably be different than anyone you know who has had them installed. Mini split systems are extremely customizable to your home’s needs, which is part of what makes them so appealing – but it can also feel like the options are endless! Single-zone or multi-zone? What brand should you get? And which contractor should you choose?

There are some key things that impact the final price tag of your mini split system. In this article, we break them down to help you understand what a mini split installation could cost you. 

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heat pump glossary

HVAC and air source heat pump glossary: key terms to know

If you’re planning on installing heat pumps any time soon – whether you’re replacing your current heating and cooling system or starting from scratch – there can be a lot of jargon to sift through as you navigate the market. We’ve put together a glossary of some of the common terms you’re likely to come across as you research your purchase. 

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air source heat pump myths

Five myths about air source heat pumps debunked

If you’re looking into updating your home’s current heating and cooling system, you’ve probably come across air source heat pumps. And, you’ve probably heard a few things that made you wonder if they were actually worth the cost, or if they would even work for your home. In this article, we clear up some common myths about air source heat pumps for you.

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