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 - $1,350.
From a cooling perspective, a CCHP may cost 40% less to operate than window/portable AC units of equivalent capacity. From a heating perspective, a simple economic analysis of a CCHP and your existing heating system can be accomplished with the calculator below.
NOTE: If you heat your building with natural gas - as most Burlingtonians do - you might not save money with a cold climate Heat Pump (CCHP). If you are considering a CCHP, the best way to improve the comfort of your home or business, and save money, is to call an Energy Specialist at Burlington Electric Department at 802-865-7342 or e-mail us. We’ll walk you through the decision-making process and help you maximize your energy investments.
Most likely, our first recommendation will be to weatherize your building even more than it is today.
CCHP Energy Savings Calculator
|Space heating fuel|
|Water heating fuel|
|Total annual fuel consumption|
|Current est. space heating cost|
|BED Incentive||($ )|
|How much of your existing heating system will be displaced by your new CCHP?|
|New estimated space heating cost|
|Estimated CCHP simple payback|