HeatSmart Info

Clean heating and cooling systems – air and ground source heat pumps – are smart, high-efficiency options that will keep your home comfortable year round, lower your energy usage, and lower your carbon footprint. You can further improve your home comfort and efficiency by making insulation, air sealing, and other efficiency improvements to your home.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer.

During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling appliances.

Air Source Heat Pumps

The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you heat with electricity, a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30% to 40%. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months.

For homes without ducts, air source heat pumps are also available in a ductless version called a mini-split heat pump. In addition, a special type of air-source heat pump called a “reverse cycle chiller” generates hot and cold water rather than air, allowing it to be used with radiant floor heating systems in heating mode. 

Benefits

Lower your energy bill
Save hundreds of dollars a year on your heating and cooling bill and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels that fluctuate in cost.

Reclaim your windows, no ducts required!
If your home doesn’t have ductwork, ductless heat pumps can offer efficient air conditioning and help you ditch the window shakers.

A custom solution for every building
Air source heat pumps can be installed in applications ranging from central solutions to providing heating and cooling to individual rooms.

Clean, healthy, and safe
Improve indoor air quality and home safety by reducing the combustion of fossil fuels in your home.

Heat pump outside unit, interior unit, remote
Heat pump outside unit with yellow leaves
Geothermal pump unit
Geothermal pumping schematic from ground to interior

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps use underground pipes to achieve higher efficiencies by transferring heat between your house and the ground. They heat your home in the winter and cool your home in the summer just like air source heat pumps. Although they cost more to install, geothermal heat pumps have low operating costs because they take advantage of relatively constant ground temperatures. You can also take advantage of thousands of dollars in rebates from NYSERDA.

Whether a geothermal heat pump is appropriate for you will depend on the size of your lot, the subsoil, and the landscape. Ground-source or water-source heat pumps can be used in even more extreme climates than air-source heat pumps, and customer satisfaction with the systems is very high. To watch an instructional video about how ground-source geothermal systems work, click here

Benefits

Lower your energy bill
Eliminate your dependence on fossil fuels that fluctuate in cost while saving up to 50% or more on your heating and cooling bill.

Low maintenance, long lasting
Indoor equipment can last for 25 years, while the underground piping can be warrantied against leaks for 50 years or more!

Clean, healthy, and safe
Improve indoor air quality and home safety by eliminating the combustion of fossil fuels in your home.

Insulation and Air Sealing

Is your home drafty in the winter? Are you interested in saving on your energy bills and improving the comfort of your home?

Before you look to replace your heating system to reduce your energy bill, consider whether your home itself is keeping you warm. Air sealing, improved insulation, and other home energy efficiency improvements can help you to save hundreds of dollars a year on your heating bill while also making your home more comfortable year-round.

It all starts with a home energy assessment to identify the leaks in your home insulation and develop a list of recommended home energy upgrades.

Benefits

Lower your energy bill and reduce drafts.
Keep more of the heat in and the cold out and save on your energy bill at the same time!

Take advantage of a free or discounted home energy assessment
Learn more about your home’s performance and potential upgrades.

Get more out of your heat pump system
If you’re also interested in a heat pump system offered through HeatSmart Southern Tier, weatherizing your home first will help you get the most bang for your buck.

Man installing insulation on ceiling