Heating & Cooling

Electrify Your Heating and Cooling: Best to consider for upgrades and long-term benefits

To significantly lower your carbon footprint, consider retrofitting your oil- or gas-based heating and cooling system with heat pumps or geothermal. These highly efficient systems, which run on electricity, are “heat exchange systems.”

Heat pumps, which provides "forced hot and cool air," raises or lowers the temperature of the outside air. If it's time to replace your burner or boiler, heat pumps are an easy switch to electricity instead of oil or gas and can save you money over time. These systems are healthier because they eliminate any potential carbon monoxide in your home.

Geothermal is more complex and expensive to install because it involves drilling, but it saves the most money over time and takes advantage of the steady 50 degree temperature of the ground. It's ideal to install in new construction or during renovations/additions. These systems are quiet (no clanking pipes!), comfortable (fewer drafts!), cleaner (no chemical fumes!), and pay for themselves over time in much lower monthly costs. Bronxville Village Hall is heated and cooled with geothermal!

The best time to electrify your heating and cooling equipment:

  • Your oil or gas furnace needs to be replaced

  • You need to replace or install central air conditioning

  • Your home is always cold even though you pay a fortune in energy bills

  • You've been considering switching from oil

  • You're interested in converting your home from expensive fossil fuel heating to clean, highly-efficient equipment powered by renewable energy

Once you have electrified your heating and cooling needs and chosen a 100% clean energy provider, like Community Solar, you’ll have taken a major step towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions for operating your home.

Did you know the Bronxville Village as been leading the way with Geothermal? Since 2005, a Geothermal system has been saving the Village money and drastically reducing its reliance on heating oil. Village Hall does rely on fuel oil backup during the coldest winter months. In 2018 the system burned 4,000 gallons. That’s far less than a building of its size running completely on fuel oil would require. By all accounts, geothermal systems have also become more efficient in recent years; heat pumps now operate well in very cold climates, which makes them suited to buildings in the Northeast. According to NYSERDA, a new geothermal system can run without any fossil fuel.