Clean Heating and Cooling
Learn how clean heating and cooling technologies can provide a more comfortable work environment
How It Works
Using oil, propane, or natural gas to heat and cool your business? There are cleaner, more efficient technologies, such as heat pumps, that are making it possible for businesses to keep employees comfortable year-round, save energy, and reduce their carbon footprint. Heat pumps work by drawing heat from the environment and moving it indoors to heat or moving it outdoors to cool your building.
Heat pumps are designed to work efficiently in cold climates like New York – and there are several types of technologies on the market. Here’s a closer look at how heat pumps work and their benefits for businesses.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Cold-climate air source heat pumps extract heat from the air outside and distribute it inside buildings. This process is reversed during warmer months to provide cooling by drawing heat out of a building’s interior.
Air source heat pump systems can be configurated to different building layouts and designed to either replace the current system or provide supplemental heating and cooling. Businesses with existing ductwork can install a ducted air source heat pump, which connects to an outdoor compressor, to serve the entire building in place of a furnace or air-conditioning system. Ductless air source heat pumps, often called “mini-splits”, are typically mounted to the wall to serve one room or area of a building.
Ground Source (Geothermal) Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps deliver space heating and cooling by exchanging heat with the ground or a groundwater source through an underground pipe system. By using the relatively constant ground temperature (around 55°F), the system operates more efficiently than electric baseboards and oil, gas, and propane furnaces . Geothermal systems require minimal maintenance and typically last longer than conventional furnaces and central air conditioners.
Ground source heat pumps can be sized to provide 100 percent of a businesses’ heating and cooling load without a backup system. They’re compatible with new construction or retrofits, and can vary in scale from building-specific to community heat pump systems.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
Heat pump water heaters use electricity to transfer heat from the surrounding air to water in an enclosed tank. These systems are two-to-three times more efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters, helping cut energy consumption and costs. Heat pump water heaters provide the added benefit of dehumidification if installed in a humid location, like a basement.
How You Benefit
- Reduce heating and cooling costs with a non-fossil fuel source
- Increase the life span of your heating and cooling equipment
- Create a more comfortable work environment with quiet, even heating and cooling
- Enable temperature customization and control for different spaces in your building
- Reduce your environmental impact with no combustion of fossil fuels, fuel storage, or carbon monoxide emissions
Programs and incentives are available to help your business make the switch to clean heating and cooling. Incentives vary based on utility provider, building size, and whether a system provides partial or full load heating.
When You Should Consider It
Clean heating and cooling systems may be good for your business if you are:
- Currently using oil, propane, or electric resistance for heating and cooling
- Experiencing issues with heating or cooling your building efficiently
- Approaching end-of-life for your heating and cooling systems
- Searching for one system to fill both your heating and cooling needs
- Looking to reduce maintenance time—heat pumps require minimal maintenance
- Managing a building with different heating and cooling requirements
- Undergoing a renovation or new construction project
- Trying to obtain or improve a green building certification for your building
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