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Heat Pump Air Conditioner/Heater

Average Lifespan

10-15 Years

Health Benefits

Filters & cleans air

A heat pump is a single electric appliance that can replace both your traditional air conditioner and home heating system (like a furnace or boiler).

Heat pumps are 3-5 times more energy efficient than traditional heating systems and work in all climates!

Incentives and Costs

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Upfront Discount

Save up $8,000

Depending on income

For low-income households (under 80 percent of Area Median Income), HEEHRA covers 100 percent of your heat pump costs up to $8,000. For moderate-income households (between 80 percent and 150 percent of Area Median Income), HEEHRA covers 50 percent of your heat pump costs up to $8,000.

Total HEEHRA discounts across all qualified electrification projects are capped at $14,000.

All the details

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How does it work?

A heat pump is a single electric appliance that can replace both your traditional air conditioner and home heating system (like a furnace or boiler).

At the simplest level, heat pumps use electricity to move heat from one place to another. In cooling mode, a heat pump acts like an air conditioner, moving the heat from inside your home to the outside. In heating mode, heat pumps go into reverse and pump heat from the air outside your home to the inside. That might seem a bit counterintuitive. After all, how can something move heat from the outside air when it’s 20°F? But heat is just energy, and there’s energy in the air all the way down to absolute zero, which is -465°F. Heat pumps designed for cold climates can keep your home warm — without a backup heating source — even when outside temperatures are below -20°F.

Heat pumps come in two main forms: ducted and ductless. Ducted heat pumps use your home’s existing ductwork (or new ducts if needed) to disperse heated or cooled air throughout your home. Ductless (or “mini-split”) heat pumps are easier to install where there is no existing ductwork. Ductless heat pump heads are usually mounted high on the wall, and each one serves one room or area of your home. There are also window-unit heat pumps, which are an especially good option for renters.

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