Are you using heat pumps the right way?
Making relatively smaller, cheaper, and easy changes to home heating in America could reduce fossil-fuel use nearly as much as taking half of all private vehicles off the roads. When your heating system needs replacement, buying a heat pump is the best of investments for your home. But you have to make sure you’re using them the right way.
At least 7 percent of U.S. fossil-fuel energy is used for residential space and water heating. If you want to do the most immediate good for the planet, replace your aging gas furnace with a new, electric appliance.
Heat pumps have been around for decades, but they didn’t use to be very efficient, especially in extremely cold weather. That’s changing. Now some cold-climate heat pumps can transfer heat effectively in subzero temperatures. Also, not running a gas line to a building saves thousands of dollars, and it will prevent you from ever installing gas-burning appliances.