Air source heat pumps in Cambridge

Air source heat pumps use electricity to move energy from one location into another– what this means for homeowners is that there is now an affordable way to heat your home without burning fossil fuels.  With air source heat pumps, you can keep your home hot in the winter and cool and dry in the summer. Using a well designed air source heat pump system will have a dramatic effect on your home’s carbon footprint, and could help provide significant savings on your energy cost.  

How air source heat pumps work

Provides heating, cooling, and moisture management throughout the home, all year long.  

Ducted and ductless equipment can provide a clean heating solution for nearly every home in Cambridge.

Cold climate air source heat pumps are market ready– meeting the heating demands even on the coldest day.

Interested in exploring air source heat pump options for your home?

Connect with local, vetted contractors to understand your options.

Incentives for air source heat pumps

Mass Save HEAT Loan

If you’re installing solar air source heat pumps, you may be eligible for a 0% interest HEAT Loan from Mass Save to finance the projects. You can finance up to $25,000 of home energy efficiency upgrades. Find out more about Mass Save’s HEAT Loan.

AECs

If you install air source heat pump systems in Massachusetts, you qualify for the Alternative Energy Certificate (AEC) program. With this program, non-emitting renewable technologies generate certificates based on their energy production. You can sell these certificates to utilities, helping you further decrease your overall investment for your air source heat pump installation. Learn more about AECs.

Rebates

Massachusetts has a host of incentives and rebates available to help decrease your investment for air source heat pumps. Learn more about rebates available from Mass Save, or apply for the rebates here.

Should I go Ducted or Ductless?

You should go with ducted if...

Example of a ducted air handler unit serving multiple partitioned spaces
  • You want to perfectly zone several small rooms
  • You don’t like the appearance of wall-hung mini-splits
  • You’re interested in heating your whole property, and the fewer components, the better

You should go with ductless if...

Example of a ductless unit serving a larger open space
  • You don’t have existing ductwork
  • You’re looking to heat and cool large open spaces
  • You want the easiest installation possible
  • You’re looking to keep project cost down

Do You Live in a Multi-Family Building?

Balconies

If you live in a multifamily, air source heat pumps are a good solution to heat and cool your home. That said, there are extra considerations to take when installing this technology on a shared property. Our no-cost Retrofit Advisor can help your apartment or condo building learn more about suitable clean heating and cooling options and help you find ways to finance your project.

 

Email Retrofit@CambridgeEnergyAlliance.org or call 617-301-6207 to get started.

Cold Climate ASHP in Cambridge

Air source heat pumps will operate under a wide range of temperatures, but the colder it is outside, the less efficient the heat pump will be. Fortunately, there are cold-climate air source heat pumps specially designed to operate efficiently at lower temperatures (even below 0 degrees Fahrenheit!) This newer technology is often installed in places with harsh winters, such as New England or the Midwest.

In Cambridge, it’s a good idea to install cold-climate air source heat pumps so you can continue using them on particularly cold days. For most homes, it will also be a good idea to have a backup source of heat. Many homeowners choose to keep their existing furnace or boiler for this purpose.

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Air Source Heat Pumps in Action
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