“I couldn't be happier with my new heat pump. The rebates were the deciding factor for me, and my energy savings are even better than expected. ”
-Roberta M., HeatSmart Warwick participant
What Is It And How Does It Work?
Ground source (or geothermal) heat pumps use the ground as a source of energy/heat, while air source heat pumps use the outdoor air.
Geothermal heat pumps accomplish this by running a water mixture through piping (“ground loop”) buried in the ground and using an indoor heat pump unit to extract heat from this mixture. The indoor heat pump unit will then circulate this heat through your building like a traditional heating system. In the summer, this process is reversed and heat from your home is transferred into the ground.
As clean heating and cooling technologies, heat pumps can help you save on your energy bill and improve the comfort of your home, all while reducing your greenhouse gas emissions.
What Are The Benefits?
Highest Energy Savings Potential
Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient heating and cooling system available--even more efficient than air source heat pumps. If you heat with oil, propane, or electric resistance heat, you could save hundreds to thousands of dollars a year on your heating bill by installing a geothermal heat pump.
HeatSmart geothermal installers offer monitoring systems enabling them to receive alerts, proactively diagnose errors, and perform maintenance remotely; only needing to come out to your home when hands-on maintenance is required.
Improved Comfort, Safety & Health
Heat pumps filter and dehumidify air, which can improve the air quality and comfort of your home. In particular, the filtration provided by heat pump systems can significantly reduce allergens in your home, benefiting sensitive individuals. Eliminating or reducing the combustion of fossil fuels in your home improves home safety as well
Lower Your Carbon Footprint
Geothermal heat pumps will greatly reduce your carbon footprint and dependence on imported fossil fuels.
Using solar PV or other renewable electricity sources can further offset emissions from the electricity powering your heat pump. If you’re looking for the most environmentally-friendly heating and cooling system, look no further.
A Clean, Whole-Home Solution
Geothermal can offer a clean whole-home heating and cooling solution without requiring backup heating. Eliminate fossil fuel combustion and associated risks from your home entirely. Geothermal can also heat 40-50% of your home’s hot water at no additional operating cost with an add-on.
No Exposed Outdoor Components or Defrost Cycles
No need to worry about outdoor aesthetics since all components of a geothermal system will be buried underground are not exposed to the elements and thus do not have defrost cycles like ASHP systems do
What will the equipment look like in my home?
This is an excellent time to upgrade to a heat pump system
HeatSmart installers offer a campaign discount in addition to transparent support to get rebates.
Note that utilities require using a contractor on their approved list to obtain their rebate. All of the HeatSmart Orange partners are approved for rebates from Central Hudson, Orange & Rockland and NYSEG.
Your contractor can review rebate options for your specific home and needs after they have visited your home for an assessment.
Federal Tax Credit.