Are Heat Pumps Efficient in Massachusetts?

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Heat pumps are energy-efficient and can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills every month while also reducing your carbon footprint. These all-electric systems provide heating and cooling in one unit for convenient, affordable home comfort—and they can be up to 400% efficient

Many Massachusetts residents wonder whether heat pumps are worth it in cold climates and the answer is yes, absolutely. Modern cold-climate heat pumps are designed to provide reliable, energy efficient heating during the winter months, and many will heat your home efficiently even when outdoor temperatures are in the negatives.

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

Electric heat pumps work by moving heat from one place to another. In the summer, heat pumps cool your home the same way an air conditioner does, by extracting heat from the air inside and moving it outside. Because of this, heat pumps are often referred to as heat pump air conditioners, but heat pumps don’t just cool—they heat too. 

In the winter, heat pumps work in reverse, capturing heat from the air outside your home and bringing it in. There are always trace amounts of heat in the air, even when it’s below freezing outside, and many cold climate heat pumps work efficiently in temperatures as low as -15°F.

Is a Heat Pump Right for Your Home?

If you want to heat and cool your home efficiently, a heat pump is a great choice. Heat pumps work well in hot and cold temperatures, making them perfect for homes in Massachusetts that need reliable heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. 

Ductless mini splits—a popular type of heat pump—don’t require any ductwork and are easy to install in almost any home. They consist of an outdoor air compressor and one or more indoor air handlers that distribute heated or cooled air directly into the room(s) they’re installed in. 

There are many advantages of ductless mini split heat pumps, and these systems are great for: 

  • Homes without ductwork 
  • Rooms your ductwork doesn’t reach 
  • Finished basements and attics 
  • Garages 
  • Bonus rooms 
  • Sunrooms

Insulation and Air Sealing Make Your Heat Pump More Efficient

It doesn’t matter how energy efficient your heating and cooling system is if your house loses energy due to poor insulation and air sealing. Homes that don’t have enough insulation and aren’t air sealed can’t retain their heat and are constantly bombarded by outdoor temperatures. As a result, your heat pump will have to run more frequently to keep up with your thermostat settings, and your energy bills will be higher. 

By installing new insulation and air sealing your home, you can protect it against outdoor temperatures and make it easier for your mini split heat pump to maintain a consistent temperature, leading to lower energy costs. 

Rebates from the Mass Save program can help you prepare your home for mini split heat pump installation. Massachusetts residents can qualify for 75%-100% off new insulation installation and no-cost air sealing.

Save on Ductless Mini Split Installation with Mass Save® Heat Pump Rebates

The Sponsors of Mass Save are making mini split installation easier and more affordable for Massachusetts residents. Right now, you can save up to $16,000 on ductless mini split installation with Mass Save heating and cooling rebates. Here’s how: 

  1. Schedule a no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment
  2. Make the recommended weatherization upgrades. 
  3. Have your mini split installed by a certified Mass Save contractor. 
  4. Claim your mini split heat pump rebate! 

Some restrictions apply and offers are subject to change or cancellation. Visit for full details.

Save up to $16,000 on mini split heat pump installation. Call (781) 309-7540 or schedule your no-cost Mass Save Energy Assessment online to get started.