Air source heat pumps in New England
I live in the town of Arlington, which is 8 miles from Boston, Massachusetts. My town is aiming to be Net Zero by 2050. There is currently a program running called HeatSmart, which offers discounts to home owners on renewable heating system installations from vetted installers.
I’m one of the people participating in this program and I am hoping to replace my inefficient gas steam heat system with air source heat pumps. I will also be installing a fireplace insert, after the new 2020 EPA wood stove regulations go into effect. That wood burning insert will be my backup heating system. So I think I know what I’m doing and I also have a couple of advisors assisting with this project.
However, a bunch of my neighbors who are participating in the HeatSmart program don’t know whether to switch to ASHPs or not and we are all looking for answers to the following questions:
” What is the average monthly cost during the winter?
Did they keep the home warm enough on very cold days?
How was the basement since units are not placed there?
Looking to replace oil trying to decide between these or a gas furnace.”
Note: The attached spreadsheet can be used for calculating heating costs, but I don’t know how to use it. Free strawberry rhubarb pie for anyone who can help me fill this out!
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