Benefits of Heat Pumps for Homes in the Southwest
June 14, 2018
Neil Kolwey & Howard Geller
Use of a high efficiency heat pump instead of a gas furnace for home heating can reduce primary energy use and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emission in the main cities in the Southwest region, according to a new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). The report also shows that a ductless heat pump system is very cost effective in new homes compared to using a conventional gas furnace and central air conditioner. However, given the relatively low cost of natural gas in most locations, installing a heat pump in an existing home is not cost effective for the home owner at this time without a sizable financial incentive. SEE ALSO: Infographic / executive summary.