Heat Pump Mythbuster: The Truth About Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient and one of the best options for heating and cooling your home. But heat pumps have not always been as efficient or effective as they are today. As a result, there are a lot of lingering misconceptions about heat pump HVAC systems based on outdated information. 

To clear things up, we’re breaking down some of the most common heat pump myths!

MYTH: Heat Pumps Don’t Work in Cold Weather

Many people believe that heat pumps are only effective in mild climates. It’s an understandable belief; heat pumps work by absorbing heat from the outdoor air and bringing it into your home, which is easier to accomplish in warmer climates. But heat pump technology has come a long way since the 1970s and 80s. 

Today’s heat pumps provide efficient heating in all kinds of weather, even subzero temperatures! Most manufacturers offer cold-weather heat pumps, designed specifically for cold climates, which are ideal for houses and apartments in Massachusetts.

MYTH: Heat Pumps Are Expensive to Operate

Many people worry that heat pumps will increase their electric bills and be more expensive to operate than their current HVAC system. But heat pumps are extremely energy efficient and can reduce costs associated with oil, propane, and electric resistance heating. Modern heat pumps can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to electric resistance heating!

Heat pumps also provide ultra-efficient air conditioning and can save you money on your summer cooling costs. In a properly insulated and air sealed home, heat pumps provide efficient and affordable heating and air conditioning year-round. 

MYTH: Heat Pumps Only Heat

Although the term heat pump seems to imply otherwise, heat pumps don’t just provide heating! Heat pumps are versatile HVAC systems that can both heat and cool a space efficiently. 

Heat pumps work by transferring heat from one place to another. In the winter, they find trace amounts of heat in the air outside and bring it into your home. In the summer, they suck the heat out of your home and dump it outside. Heat pumps are an energy efficient, all-in-one heating and cooling solution that will keep your home comfortable year-round.

MYTH: Heat Pumps are Noisy

Heat pumps do produce some sound, but it’s typically comparable to other common household appliances like refrigerators or air conditioners. Modern heat pump systems are designed to minimize noise and there are ultra-quiet options available for homeowners who are concerned about heat pump noise.

Heat pumps aren’t noisy for neighbors, either, as long as they’re properly installed. By considering where your neighbors’ windows and bedrooms are located, we can install your heat pump in the ideal location to prevent noise from becoming bothersome. Fences, walls, and landscaping can also be used to block noise from your heat pump’s outdoor unit. 

MYTH: Heat Pumps Cost Too Much

Many homeowners worry that heat pumps are too expensive because they tend to have a higher upfront cost than other types of heating and cooling equipment. But heat pumps do the job of both your heating and air conditioning systems. So, you only need to replace one rather than both. Replacing inefficient heating and cooling equipment with a high-efficiency heat pump can also save you money on your energy bills in the long run.

Save on Heat Pump Costs with Mass Save® Rebates!

Heat pumps are eligible for generous rebates thanks to the Sponsors of Mass Save®. With Mass Save heat pump rebates, you can save up to $10,000 on air-source heat pump installation. Income-qualified residents are eligible for additional savings, up to $16,000, and heat pumps may also qualify for zero-interest Mass Save HEAT Loan financing.

To get started, sign up for a no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment with NEEECO. Some restrictions apply and offers are subject to change or cancellation. Visit MassSave.com/HEA for full details. 

Neeeco is a Mass Save partner and we can help you take advantage of Mass Save rebates. We’ve helped hundreds of Massachusetts residents make no-cost energy-saving upgrades and we are ready to help you next!  

Save up to $10,000 with heat pump rebates! Schedule your no-cost Mass Save Home Energy Assessment to learn more.