Learn About Heat Pumps

Introductory Information on Residential Heat Pumps

Supplementary Guides by the HeatSmart Alliance

  • Air-to-Water Heat Pumps – Homeowner Reference. Owners of homes with existing hydronic heat distribution (hot-water baseboards, radiators, or radiant floors) often ask if there’s a way to use their existing distribution system with a heat pump. Air-to-water heat pumps may offer a solution.
  • Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) Guide and Technical Reference. Domestic hot water accounts for about 17% of energy use in a typical New England home. Replacing a conventional electric or fossil-fueled water heater with a hybrid or heat pump water heater can save on energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Resources for Choosing an Installer

None of these lists are comprehensive nor should presence or absence on any of these lists be a primary factor in installer selection. We always recommend getting multiple quotes.

Guidance on Operating Heat Pumps

Watch a portion of our usual presentation on heat pumps, presented at a webinar organized by Westford Climate Action in October 2022.