Environment & Energy Report

Replace a Fossil Fuel Furnace to Lower Emissions—and Your Bills

Nov. 24, 2020, 12:00 PM

Whether you want to reduce the greenhouse gases your home produces or lower the cost of your utilities, a heat pump might seem like a good idea. Here are some important factors to consider before you make a purchase.

It’s a Heater and an Air Conditioner

The most commonly installed are air-source heat pumps, which resemble air conditioner units that sit outside your house. During winter, a liquid refrigerant in a copper coil extracts heat from the atmosphere as warm air naturally moves toward the cold. The heat transforms the refrigerant into a cold gas and a compressor then...

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