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Cold Climate Heat Pumps



What is a Cold Climate Heat Pump (CCHP)?

A cold climate heat pump is a system that transfers heat from outside to inside a building, or vice versa. The system is split into two or more components – the indoor unit(s) and the outdoor unit. A set of ~1/2" diameter copper tubes connects the two components. Refrigerant flows through the tubes and transfers heat into or out of the building. Manufacturers produce models that can operate throughout a New England winter. These models are referred to as cold climate heat pumps and are eligible for rebates from $300 - $1,350.

From a cooling perspective, a CCHP may cost 40% less to operate than window/portable AC units of equivalent capacity. From a heating perspective, a simple economic analysis of a CCHP and your existing heating system can be accomplished with the calculator below.

NOTE: If you heat your building with natural gas - as most Burlingtonians do - you might not save money with a cold climate Heat Pump (CCHP). If you are considering a CCHP, the best way to improve the comfort of your home or business, and save money, is to call an Energy Specialist at Burlington Electric Department at 802-865-7342 or e-mail us. We’ll walk you through the decision-making process and help you maximize your energy investments.

Most likely, our first recommendation will be to weatherize your building even more than it is today.

Rebates Available

Download CCHP Rebate Form Qualifying Product List

CCHP Energy Savings Calculator

Space heating fuel
Water heating fuel  
Total annual fuel consumption  
Current est. space heating cost  
CCHP installed $
BED Incentive ($ )
Net Cost $ 
How much of your existing heating system will be displaced by your new CCHP?
New estimated space heating cost  
Estimated savings  
Estimated CCHP simple payback