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Good News About Air-Source Heat Pumps

Updated: Mar 24

Because of new technologies and incentives, there has never been a better time to invest in a heat pump. According to Ross Welterlen, energy services engineering director for Corn Belt Power Cooperative, headquartered in Humboldt, Iowa:

“Today’s air-source heat pumps are not your father’s heat pumps.”

Photo of an air-source heat pump.
Air-Source Heat Pump (Photo: NRECA)

There are a variety of reasons why it’s time to take another look at air-source heat pumps (ASHPs). They are:

  • Much more energy efficient than other types of HVAC equipment such as fossil fuels (gas, oil, propane) and resistance electric units. ASHPs offer 200-250 percent efficiency in winter vs. gas, oil or propane units, which are only 80-97 percent efficient.

  • Powered by electricity, the cleaner energy source. Rather than creating energy, air-source heat pumps remove energy from the air, concentrate it and push the heat either into or out of your home to provide heating or cooling.

  • Able to provide year-round heating and cooling in the same unit. You don’t need to purchase a separate furnace and air conditioner.

  • Customizable with ductless or ducted units, allowing various configurations to heat and cool individual rooms, zones or your entire home.

  • Healthy and safe, with no worries about carbon monoxide or other gases, and the units can filter and dehumidify air to improve your home’s air quality.