Cutting carbon emissions and rising energy prices are daily news topics. We receive a lot of calls with concerns about home heating and cooling costs. People are looking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, and increase energy efficiency in their homes and offices. The first step we recommend: Make sure that your current heating and cooling system is routinely maintained, so it can operate at peak performance — especially during extreme outdoor temperatures. The second: Invest in an air-source heat pump system.
Don’t let the name fool you. Heat pumps provide heating, cooling, humidity control, and improved air quality. And, they’re versatile.
A heat pump can supplement your existing heating system, provide whole home heating and cooling, and deliver climate control to individual rooms.
Upgrade your existing heating system to include a heat pump.
A central air-source heat pump can integrate with your existing heating system, creating a “hybrid” or “dual fuel” system via a smart thermostat like Ecobee®. Integrated controls allow you to switch between both systems depending on conditions or temperatures you set. This aids in the reduction of your reliance on fossil fuels and helps to offset your home heating costs.
If you have a forced hot air heating system (furnace), and are thinking about adding central air conditioning, installing a central heat pump can offer cooling, dehumidification, and a backup heating system.
Ductless heat pump systems can provide whole home heating and cooling.
Ductless air-source heat pumps (mini-splits) can used as a primary source for heating and cooling your whole home or business. Mini-split systems can provide personalized comfort in all seasons — even when our New England temperatures go below freezing.
Mini-splits gained popularity for their ability to provide individualized comfort zones in areas not connected to a primary heating system and hard-to-reach areas such as attics, basements, new additions, and garages. In all-electric applications, ductless mini-splits gained favor over older electric baseboard heating for energy efficiency, better distribution of air, and total climate management.
Today, some HVAC manufacturers of high-efficiency ductless heat pump systems use hyper-heating, or max heat, technology that can handle harsher climates like our New England winters.
The best air-source heat pump systems for our northeast climate.
We prefer Bosch® Mitsubishi Electric® heat pump applications. These reputable manufacturers are known for their quality of equipment, all-climate comfort features, and some of the industry’s highest SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) ratings. Both of these premium brands offer generous warranties that are privilege to as a Platinum Accredited Bosch Contractor and Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor.
Benefits of a heat pump system: Decarbonization, HVAC equipment protection, and offsetting energy costs.
The frequent on and off cycling of traditional heating systems creates an in-rush current surge, which increases energy usage and inflicts unnecessary wear and tear on your system. In a hybrid application, Bosch’s high efficiency inverter compressor smoothly ramps up operation, avoiding energy spikes. This also aids in protecting the life cycle of your HVAC system’s equipment.
Massachusetts and our federal government are incentivizing the installation of high efficiency heat pump systems as an all-climate, clean energy alternative to fossil fuels — especially in whole home heating (single source) applications.
Heat Pump rebates may be available for qualifying systems via Mass Save through energy providers such as National Grid, Eversource, and Unitil.
Seashore Comfort Solutions is an active participant in the Mass Save Heat Pump Installer network. In 2023, Mass Save revised the requirements for rebates and Mass Save 0% heat loans. All heat pump systems must be installed by a Mass Save Heat Pump installer to be eligible for Mass Save rebates, and/or Mass Save 0% heat loans.
If you’re not a customer of National Grid, Eversource, or Unitil, we will also check with your local municipalities to see if you’re eligible for rebates through your city or town.
We apply for any applicable rebates through Mass Save and independent cities/towns for qualifying systems on your behalf, and track the status of each rebate. It’s an important part of our customer service model.