Everything You Need to Know About Heat Pump Air Conditioners

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Global temperatures are rising quickly, which means longer and hotter summers. If you don’t have air conditioning in your house, or if your AC is on its last legs, installing a new air conditioner will not only help you stay comfortable but also keep you safe through the next heat wave. 

You have a few options to choose from, including central air conditioning and window ACs, but heat pump air conditioners are by far the best option.

What Is a Heat Pump Air Conditioner?

A heat pump air conditioner is a special type of air conditioner that doubles as a heater. Heat pump ACs work just like regular air conditioners—they absorb heat and humidity from the air inside your home and dump it outside to keep you cool. The difference is that heat pump air conditioners can reverse the process. In heating mode, a heat pump will extract heat from the air outside and bring it into your home, warming it up.

Ductless Heat Pump ACs 

Ductless heat pumps (also known as ductless mini split heat pumps) are a special type of heat pump air conditioner that operates without ductwork. These systems can be installed almost anywhere in your home and are a great way to add heating and AC to a house without central ductwork or to rooms/areas that your ducts don’t reach. They can be used for partial or whole-home heating and air conditioning.

What Are the Benefits of a Heat Pump Air Conditioner?

There are a lot of good reasons to install a heat pump air conditioner in your home. 

  • Heating & AC in One – Heat pumps are good for air conditioning, and they’re also great for heating! A heat pump is an all-in-one HVAC system that will keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year round. 
  • Energy Efficiency – Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient. Depending on the type of heating and AC system you’re currently using, switching to a heat pump could save you money on your energy costs. 
  • Convenience – Unlike window air conditioners, heat pumps are a permanent fixture in your home. You don’t have to remove and store them in the winter or worry about putting them back in place every summer. 
  • Safety – Since they can’t be pulled out of or fall from your windows, heat pumps are a safer alternative to window AC units.
  • Rebates – Heat pumps are environmentally friendly and therefore eligible for a variety of government rebates and incentives to reduce your upfront installation costs.

When’s the Best Time to Install a Heat Pump AC?

There’s never a bad time to install a heat pump! But to get the most value, think about installing a heat pump when: 

  • Your central air conditioner is dying 
  • You want to upgrade from window AC units 
  • You’re thinking about installing air conditioning for the first time

Heat Pump Air Conditioner Costs

Heat pump AC costs can vary significantly depending on the complexity of your installation, the type of system and brand you choose to install, the contractor you hire to complete the installation, and several other factors. In general, you can expect to pay more for a heat pump than you would for a window AC unit, but you get much more from a heat pump AC than you do from a window unit. Heat pumps are typically slightly more expensive than central AC systems, too, but remember that they also offer heating, so you’re getting two systems for the price of one. 

Rebates & Incentives for Heat Pump Air Conditioners

Installing any type of HVAC system is an investment. But heat pumps qualify for incentives that reduce the upfront cost, making it more affordable to upgrade your cooling system. 

Mass Save® Heat Pump AC Rebates 

Massachusetts residents can save up to $10,000 on a heat pump installation with Mass Save heat pump rebates. Income-eligible residents can receive an enhanced incentive of up to $16,000. 

0% Interest Financing 

Heat pumps qualify for the Mass Save HEAT Loan, which offers 0% interest financing on loans up to $50,000 for heat pump installation. 

Heat Pump Tax Credit 

Heat pumps are eligible for a 30% federal tax credit, up to $2,000! You can claim both Mass Save rebates and the heat pump tax credit, but you must deduct the rebate amount from your total costs before calculating your credit amount.

Heat Pump AC Installation in Massachusetts

Don’t suffer through another hot, humid summer with inadequate AC! Call Neeeco today to learn more about heat pump air conditioning for your home. We can help you take advantage of Mass Save rebates to maximize your savings. Schedule your no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment to get started. 

*Some restrictions apply. Offers are subject to change or cancellation. Visit MassSave.com/HEA for full details.

Save on heat pump installation with Mass Save rebates! Call (781) 309-7540 or contact us to learn more with a no-cost Home Energy Assessment!