As a co-op driven by cooperative values and exists to serve members, PVREA wants to help members save energy and money. One of the best ways to save energy and money in your home is by heating and cooling your home with a heat pump. PVREA offers rebate incentives on new heat pump units; and in 2017 PVREA has a limited amount of additional bonus rebate incentives for a member who installs a heat pump unit in their home or business.
Heat pumps move heat into homes or buildings during winter and out of them in summer, trimming overall home heating and cooling costs by as much as 40 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Heat pump technology isn’t new—geothermal has been used since the 1940s—but innovations are improving performance and efficiency. Installing a heat pump instead of an air-conditioner provides both heating and cooling options that can enhance comfort, reduce costs, and provide fuel choices in the future. In fact, the PVREA headquarters is heated and cooled with a geothermal system.
The Different Kinds of Heat Pumps
Geothermal: Outside temperatures may vary, but the earth’s temperature remains steady year-round and can be harnessed to make homes comfortable. According to DOE, geothermal heat pumps offer energy savings between 30 percent and 60 percent annually when compared to other conventional systems, and are typically the most efficient heat pump option. Many times homes built to “net-zero” energy standards use geothermal heat pumps.
Air-Source: Air-source heat pumps use a system of coils to evaporate and condense a refrigerant with the help of a compressor, just like your refrigerator but on a much larger scale. During the summer, it removes heat and humidity from your home, exactly like a conventional air conditioner. During the winter, it absorbs and concentrates heat from the outdoors and delivers it to your home via ductwork. Heat pumps are two to three times more efficient than baseboard electric heaters.
Dual Fuel Heat Pumps: A dual fuel system is the combination of a heat pump with either a natural gas, propane, or oil furnace. These systems use the heat pump process to heat the home exclusively when outdoor temperatures are above 30 degrees Fahrenheit. When outdoor temperatures drop below 30 degrees, the system automatically switches over to heating your home exclusively with the gas or oil furnace.
Ductless/Mini-Split: These systems are designed for individual rooms or areas of the home to provide heating and cooling without ductwork. These are ideal for a new addition or replacement of older systems without installed ductwork, and multiple units can condition an entire home. Their advantage is quick and easy installation, high efficiency, and no energy loss from poorly insulated or leaky ductwork.
The PVREA Heat Pump rebates will likely cover much of the cost of upgrading from an air conditioner to a heat pump. Additional rebate information and eligibility requirements are listed here. Be sure to use a contractor from PVREA’s Select-HVAC contractor list.
Act fast - the 2017 Bonus Incentives are first come first serve. For questions about heat pumps, the rebates and Select-HVAC contractors, contact Member Relations at 1-800-432-1012.