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 (HPHW) 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.

    • Mass Save installer list: Go to Electric Heating and Cooling Systems and look for the Find a Contractor form on the bottom right of the page.
    • Clean Energy Lives Here: search for installers in your area
    • MassCEC Cost of Residential Air-Source Heat Pumps:  Provides access to a database with lots of statistics on ASHP installations that qualified for MassCEC rebates in the period 2014-2019. The database is searchable by town, installer and equipment brand. Though the page title focuses on cost, it’s more useful for identifying potential installers than estimating cost because the cost data are out of date.

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.