The New York Times Tackles Heat Pumps

As states and local municipalities crackdown on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, awareness around electrification and the benefits of heat pumps is becoming more mainstream. The New York Times recently published an article recommending homeowners consider how heat pumps can help lower carbon footprints and energy bills. The article also appeared in Climate Fwd, the publication’s climate change newsletter.

The October 16 article describes heat pump operation, unit options, upfront costs, cold-climate performance, energy efficiency and the environmental impact of conventional, fossil-fuel based heating systems. The writer shared an alarming number sourced from the Rocky Mountain Institute: the U.S. produces approximately 560 million tons of CO2 annually to heat homes and businesses.

A more positive statistic also stands out: according to Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), replacing a traditional indoor heating system with a heat pump could save homeowners as much as $948 per year!

Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS) is quite familiar with heat pumps’ ability to save homeowners money. Our Zoned Comfort Solutions® have been installed in a variety of home styles with diverse performance goals, and a commonality is the energy savings thanks to the heat pump operation. Our recently published Case Study on an Ann Arbor, Michigan home showcases how much the most efficiency-driven homeowners can save. Regardless of efficiency goals, even modest applications can lead to noticeable cost savings on your energy bills.

Another subject the article addresses is heat pumps’ performance in cold climates. The writer encourages homeowners in places that experience deep freezes to keep a traditional system alongside their heat pump. There’s a place for that approach, but homeowners shouldn’t be surprised if the less-efficient traditional system they’ve kept as backup doesn’t run very often, if at all. Heat pumps have come a long way in terms of cold climate performance. Our Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology, for example, is a significant step forward and allows our heat pumps to perform at 100% of rated capacity in temperatures as low as 5° F, and at 76% capacity down to -13° F.

The article from The New York Times tackled the merits of heat pump technology and how installing a heat pump can lower bills and carbon footprints. We expect curious homeowners and journalists to continue and expand this conversation among other well-read consumer publications. Count on us to do our part with energy-efficient, electric-powered equipment and ongoing education opportunities for consumers and industry professionals.

To learn more about our heat pump technology, visit mitsubishicomfort.com.