Today’s heat pump technology is energy-efficient and more accessible than ever before. There are many options available depending on your heating and cooling needs.
To begin, ask yourself the following questions:
If you need to replace your entire HVAC system or furnace, or if you want to reduce your reliance on propane or fuel oil, it may make sense to install a centrally-ducted heat pump. These energy-efficient units can replace a home’s existing system altogether. They can also be installed alongside new (and, in some cases, existing) furnaces, to provide supplemental heating and cooling.
Whether you utilize single-or multi-zone heating and cooling, a ductless mini-split system can improve your comfort level while increasing efficiency. Heat or cool the whole home, or just specific areas.
A typical entire-home configuration may consist of one outdoor unit and two to five ductless indoor units
(multi-split), or a combination with one or two ductless indoor and outdoor units and a compact-ducted system for the bedrooms.
If you currently have a boiler, an entire-home system is often the best option. You can use your boiler for backup heat when necessary.
Identify the right heat system for you. Explore our helpful charts to see how your existing heating systems, with or without ductwork, can work alongside a heat pump installation.
For more information on heat pumps – including which technology best suits your needs – see Focus on Energy’s Electric Heat Pump Customer Buying and Operation Guide for Single-family Homes.