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Say Goodbye to Fossil Fuels and Hello to an Eco-Friendly Home

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A partnership between New York State and Con Edison makes installing a heat pump an economical and sustainable choice for homeowners.

Are you tired of using oil, propane, or gas to heat your home?

If you’re ready give your house the eco-friendly upgrade it deserves, consider installing a heat pump as an alternative to fossil fuel and electric baseboard heating systems. As true all-in-one setups, heat pumps offer heating and air conditioning in a way that’s both beneficial for the environment and your wallet. Plus, adding a heat pump to your home has never been easier or more affordable than it is now. Thanks to a special partnership between New York State and Con Edison, Westchester homeowners can take advantage of rebates and low-interest financing options to make eco-friendly heating and cooling a reality.

What is a heat pump?

Unlike an air conditioning unit or internal heating system, a heat pump offers both heating and cooling throughout the year. Depending on location and preference, homeowners can install an air source or a ground source heat pump. While both require electricity to run, they ultimately deliver more energy than they use, thanks to their ability to concentrate and move heat to specific areas.

The benefits of air source heat pumps

Air source heat pumps are a great option for those who crave heating and cooling in one unit. The heat pumps extract heat from the air outside the home, then distribute it inside in the cooler months. In warmer weather, the reverse occurs, with heat pumps pulling warm air outside of the home. Plus, depending upon homeowner needs, air source heat pumps can either heat the whole house or, if smaller units are installed, specific sections/rooms of the home.

The benefits of ground source heat pumps

Otherwise known as geothermal heat pumps, ground source heat pumps work by extracting heat from the ground during the cooler months. Using an underground pipe system, they distribute heat throughout the home. Then, when warmer weather arrives, the pumps reverse the flow to cool the home. Between air source and ground source heat pumps, ground source varieties are ultimately the most efficient and can heat and cool homes using one streamlined unit.

Why should I get a heat pump?

For homeowners in Westchester, heat pumps are a top pick when it comes to saving money and supporting the environment. Because they offer heating and cooling, they eliminate the need for bulky air conditioner and heating units. What’s more, they’re energy efficient, with no fossil fuels, fuel storage, or carbon monoxide emissions. And did we mention how much easier they are than traditional heating and cooling systems? Not only are heat pumps less costly to use, but they also require minimal maintenance while allowing homeowners to regulate the temperature for maximum comfort at home.

Ready to learn more and find the heat pump that’s perfect for your home? Visit to take a quiz to find out which rebates and financing options are a match for you. Select homeowners may even be eligible to have 100% of upfront costs covered.

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