A smarter solution is available for members seeking a way to more efficiently heat and cool their home year-round: air source heat pumps (ASHPs).
Able to deliver hyper-efficient home heating and air conditioning, ASHPs help members realize savings in energy consumption as well as cost. Since heating and cooling account for more than half the total energy consumed in a typical household, members can realize tremendous savings by making the switch.
While earlier generations of ASHPs were primarily used in the southern part of the U.S., new generation ASHPs can be used in nearly all parts of the country. They are an especially viable option for Midwestern homes during the spring and autumn months when outdoor temperatures are milder.
How Air Source Heat Pumps Work
ASHPs use the same technologies that are found in refrigerators and air conditioners, and deliver cooling and heating by moving heat to and from the outdoor air. During the summer when cooling your home, the ASHP works just like a central air conditioner, moving heat from inside your home and transferring it outside. An ASHP has the ability to reverse this process for heating: the ASHP harvests heat from outside air—some systems can provide heating in temperatures as low as 0º Fahrenheit—and transfer it into your home. The result is that homeowners are able to run their furnaces less and get extremely efficient heating from their ASHP.
Both of these options can be controlled from a thermostat while the home heating function is also able to work in tandem with conventional gas furnaces. The product will automatically select the most ideal balance between the two sources to maintain the most efficient heating combination based on a homeowner’s desired indoor temperature.
Benefits to Members
Members can realize savings of up to 30 percent on home cooling expenses by installing an ASHP instead of other conventional air conditioning units. And by moving heat, the ASHP is able to transfer a greater amount of energy than it consumes, which means that an ASHP can have effective heating efficiencies of 300 percent or more.
The warmth provided by ASHP technology is superior in quality compared to conventional furnaces. The heat distributed by ASHPs is distributed more evenly and holds its moisture better, resulting in more natural, comfortable warmth.
Part of LREC’s mission is to help you use energy wisely by offering a variety of programs, resources, and products to make this possible. Get rebates of up to $630 based on your SEER rating and financing as low as 0% on new ASHP systems.
Call our energy management specialists at (800) 552-7658 to learn how you can take advantage of these savings!