Replace your home’s boiler with a geothermal heat pump. What is a geothermal heat pump? It’s a pump that uses air from underground to heat or cool your home. Because the temperature underground is relatively stable (about 55o year-round), it’s pulling air that is warmer in the winter/cooler in the summer, compared to the outside air.
Although they’re called heat pumps, they can also provide air conditioning and possibly hot water to your home. But perhaps the most important thing you should know is that a geothermal heat pump can eliminate the need for for fossil fuels in your home – forever. Yes, that’s right, no more oil or propane deliveries. You’re done.
Installing a geothermal heat pump may require several steps, including:
- Removing your oil tank, and air conditioning condensers.
- Removing your baseboards, if you have them. (This is for aesthetics only – it’s not necessary for the installation of a heat pump.)
- Digging a trench or drilling holes underground to install the ground loop (a series of tubes or pipes that supplies your home with hot/cold air).
- Enlarging your ductwork so it can properly handle the velocity of the air blown into your home, if necessary.
Given all the potential steps involved, it’s typically easier to make the switch when you’re renovating your home, but it can be done at any time.
Sounds expensive, right? Depending on the size of your home, it can range in cost from $20,000 to about $50,000. But thanks to New York State and various local utility companies, you can apply for a variety of rebates to reduce the cost of equipment and installation. If you feel overwhelmed, Singer says his team and the folks at Dandelion Energy can help you determine what rebates are best for your specific situation.