Heat Your Home, Not the Planet: Sustainable Heating Options for the Northeast

eco friendly hvac system - h & h heating and air conditioning inc - essingtonSustainability is more important now than ever. In the northeast, however, heating homes sustainably comes with some unique challenges. Winters here are cold, and that means the cost of heating a home with electricity alone can be high. Plus, solar panels have limited utility in the northeast in comparison to sunnier regions. This does not, however, mean that it’s impossible to heat your home more sustainably. In fact, you have a few different options. Here are three approaches we and other local heating and AC companies often recommend for sustainable heating in the northeast.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are fully electric heating units. They work by moving heat from one side to the other. In the winter, a heat pump will pump heat from outside into your home. In the northeast, we generally recommend a type of heat pump called a “dual fuel system” This unit works as a heat pump on milder days, but generates heat like a furnace on the coldest days of the year.

Heat pumps reduce carbon emissions, especially if you are able to get your electricity from a renewable source. They typically result in lower utility bills than you’d get with an electric furnace. They’re also relatively easy to install. Their main downfall is that they are more expensive to buy, up front, than a traditional furnace or heater.

Geothermal Systems

A geothermal heating and cooling system relies on underground temperatures to cool your home. These systems consist of long networks of pipes buried below ground. Water circulates through the pipes. In the winter, this water picks up heat from below ground and transfers that heat into your home. In the summer the opposite happens; heat from your home is discharged into the earth.

Geothermal systems are extremely efficient and lead to very low electric bills in comparison to other systems. However, they are costly and labor-intensive to install, especially in existing construction. There are some areas in which the soil quality or stability makes geothermal heating impossible to install.

Improve Existing Systems

Another option is to stick with your existing, traditional heating system, whether that’s a furnace or boiler, and simply make it as efficient as possible. Schedule regular maintenance, use a smart thermostat, and change your air filters. It’s amazing how much less energy a system uses when it is tuned-up and updated as needed. Plus, this greatly reduces the likelihood that you’ll have to call for emergency heating repair.

If you do decide to upgrade to a more sustainable heating system, don’t overlook the savings that come with various tax incentives. Through 2032, many homeowners can quality for up to $3,200 in tax credits just for making certain energy-efficient updates. Learn more at EnergyStar.gov.

Whether you need a new, more sustainable heating system or would like the maintain your traditional system, don’t hesitate to contact H & H Heating & Air Conditioning. From maintenance contracts to heat pump installation, we have you covered.

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