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Make a Great Investment Even Better.
Pair Your Solar Panels With a Heat Pump.

Maximize your investment with the most cost-effective way to heat and cool your home—pair your solar system with a heat pump. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, heat pumps work by drawing heat from the environment and moving it indoors to heat or moving it outdoors to cool your home.

Heat pumps work well in tandem with solar, using the renewable electricity provided by your panels to power clean, renewable heating and cooling throughout the home. If you have baseboard electric heat or a more expensive heating fuel, like propane or oil, the savings from switching to a heat pump can be significant.

What Are the Benefits?

Pairing solar with heat pumps can bring many benefits to homes of all types and sizes:

  • Savings. Pairing solar with heat pumps is the least expensive way to cool your home in the summer and heat throughout the winter.
  • Comfort. Heat pumps provide quiet, even heating and cooling, and filter out allergens and dust throughout your home.
  • Peace of Mind. With no combustion of fossil fuels, fuel storage, or carbon monoxide emissions, heating and cooling with solar energy is a safe choice for your home.
  • Ease of Use. Heat pumps last longer than conventional furnaces and AC units and require minimal maintenance.

What Are the Options?

There are two primary types of heat pumps available: air source and ground source heat pumps.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps extract heat from the air outside and distribute it inside your home or business. During warmer months, the process is reversed to provide cooling by pulling heat out of your interior space.

air source heat pump

Consider purchasing an air source heat pump, if you are:

  • Currently using oil, propane, or electric resistance for heating and cooling
  • Experiencing issues with heating and/or cooling your space efficiently
  • Approaching end of life for your heating and cooling system
  • Making a minor renovation or addition to your home or business

See How it Works

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source heat pumps, also referred to as geothermal heat pumps, extract heat from the ground during cold weather via an underground pipe system, which is then distributed throughout your home or business. During warmer months, the process is reversed to provide cooling.

diagram of a ground source heat pump

Consider installing a ground source heat pump, if you are:

  • Currently using oil, propane, or electric resistance for heating and cooling
  • Approaching end of life for your heating and cooling system
  • Undergoing a home renovation or new construction project

See How it Works

View available financial incentives for heat pumps and contact a NYSERDA Heat Pump Program participating contractor to find out what heat pump option is best for your home.

If you have any questions about heat pumps please email us at renewableheatingandcooling@nyserda.ny.gov.