In our final webinar of the “Lunchtime Installer Series,” HeatSmart Tompkins invited one of our installer partners, NP Environmental, to talk with our community about important considerations to make when deciding if heat pumps are right for their home. The decision to install heat pumps as a fossil fuel alternative can seem daunting. Still, Nick Pryputniewicz, co-founder of NP Environmental and a founding member of the New York Geothermal Energy Organization, passionately believes that “Heat Pumps are for Everyone!”
Nick laid out the following as points of priority for most homeowners and future heat pump users:
Price – everyone cares about cost, and installing a heat pump system for heating and cooling or domestic hot water is not an exception for this worry.
Carbon Reduction – When you’re installing a heat pump system, you are committing to carbon reduction for your home.
Available Land Area – For ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps mainly, having available land is essential.
Geology – Available land space must also be complemented with the right kind of geology for drilling.
Disruption – Installing a ground-source heat pump will mean disruption to your home’s yard space. After installation, however, geothermal systems are the least noticed heat pumps around!
Distribution – The distribution system that your home runs on is an essential consideration because it may need to be replaced before installing a heat pump. If it is in good condition, it may also be used for your benefit…or not need to be used at all.
Aesthetics – While aesthetics do not play a major role in the feasibility of a heat pump system in your home, it is important to recognize your aesthetic preferences and relay them to your contractor.
System Longevity –Geothermal systems have a longer life-span than both fossil fuel alternatives and air-source alternatives.
System Maintenance – By working with one of our installer partners on your Assisted Home Performance project, you are guaranteed system maintenance by the contractor of your choice after installation is complete.
Not all of these questions will be able to be answered alone. It is never a wrong time to enroll with our program and begin getting home assessments by any or all four of our installer partners (NP Environmental, Halco Energy, Snug Planet, and Dailey Geothermal). You can enroll at the button below and have your home checked out on site or in person so that all of the important questions outlined here can be fully answered.
Also in this webinar, Nick presented three separate projects he has worked on that, after prioritizing these areas of focus, decided on some unexpected systems that they love! You can watch the full webinar here:
You can find our other webinars, virtual home tours, and informational videos in our video section.