The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced the availability of $10 million for the installation of program-qualified air-source heat pump systems (ASHPs) in homes and businesses across New York state.
Part of a larger statewide strategy focused on renewable heating and cooling, the initiative is the first component of an ASHP sales and training program aimed at increasing the availability of these units in the marketplace.
Officials said while ASHPs have been used in warmer climates as an efficient cooling system, recent advances in technology have been incorporated into new models allowing them to meet both the heating and cooling needs for customers in colder climates like New York.
Air source heat pumps provide energy bills savings as well as environmental benefits. Increased use of this technology supports the state’s energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.
Alicia Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA, said the state “continues to drive broader adoption of clean technologies, including air- source heat pumps, to help lower energy bills, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. This funding will help make energy more affordable for New Yorkers.”
ASHPs collect heat from the exterior air, concentrate it through an outdoor compressor, and distribute it inside through an indoor room unit. Heat pumps require electricity to run, but deliver more energy than they use. In the summer, a heat pump’s operation is reversed to air condition the home by moving heat from indoors to outdoors.
According to the Department of Energy, when properly installed, ASHPs can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electricity it consumes. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling in summer months.