Many Long Island homeowners are thinking about upgrading their homes with ductless mini split or ducted heat pump installation to boost their home’s energy efficiency, saving money while staying comfortable. But what many don’t realize is that the best way to maximize the benefits of heat pump installation is by pairing it with upgraded air sealing and insulation.
Understanding How a Heat Pump Works
Instead of generating heat like a traditional system, a heat pump simply moves heat from one place to another. In the summer, your heat pump will take heat from the air inside your home and dump it outside, just like an AC. In the winter, the process is reversed, and heat is pulled from the outdoor air (yes, even cold winter air contains some heat) and brought inside to keep you warm. Because a heat pump can function both as a heater and an air conditioner, you can use your new HVAC system year-round.
Air source heat pumps operate at lower temperatures than traditional systems, providing a more consistent and even flow of conditioned air throughout your home. This is one of the reasons why they are so energy efficient!
Insulation and Air Sealing: The Key to an Energy Efficient Heat Pump
But here’s the catch: heat pumps may not reach their full potential in a poorly insulated and drafty home. Why? Because heat pumps work at lower temperatures, they are most efficient when operating in a space that retains energy well. That’s where air sealing and insulation come in.
Proper air sealing and attic insulation significantly reduce the energy loss that occurs as the result of air leaks and poor insulation. With insulation and air sealing upgrades, your heat pump won’t need to work as hard, and you could even install a smaller sized unit. This saves you money on installation and further slashes your monthly energy costs.
Insulation & Air Sealing Protects Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
As Long Islanders experienced earlier this summer, smoke from wildfires poses a real risk, not just for our environment but also for our homes and our health.
Proper air sealing and insulation provide an effective barrier that keeps smoke particles and other external pollutants from entering your home. Not only does this help your family breathe easier, but it also offers an added layer of protection for your home when you need it.
Save More with Long Island Insulation and Heat Pump Incentives and Rebates
But it gets even better! Long Island homeowners can take advantage of a variety of incentives and rebates for both insulation/air sealing upgrades and heat pump installation. With rebates from PSEG and federal tax credits, you could save thousands in total. The Home Efficiency Experts team can guide you through the process, helping you navigate all available incentives to maximize your savings.
Schedule Your Free Energy Assessment
As Long Island’s go-to whole home contractor, we can help ensure your home is both well insulated and air sealed and install a heat pump that will provide your family with years and years of affordable whole home comfort.
The first step is to schedule a free energy assessment from our team. This involves a thorough home inspection as well as building science testing to determine the current state of insulation and air leaks in your house. Not only does this process give you a clear picture of your home’s energy efficiency, but it is also required to qualify for many incentive programs.
Contact us today to schedule your energy assessment and take the first step towards creating a more comfortable, energy-efficient home.