By SCOTT WILLIS & OLIVIA PROIA • JAN 29, 2019
The bitter cold temperatures and the high utility bills that follow might have many Central New Yorkers wondering if there’s a more efficient, environmentally friendly way to heat their homes.
It turns out heat pumps could be the answer, and residents have a chance to learn more at a workshop Thursday. Lindsay Speer with Heat Smart CNY says there are many possibilities for both ground and air source pumps.
“The ground is a giant solar battery, and geothermal systems draw on that energy and then pump up the heat or use it to cool your home in the summer, and do it very efficiently. The air source and the ground source systems do heating and cooling as well, so it adds benefit for people who might be on oil but don’t have air conditioning, for example."
Ian Shapiro is founder and senior engineer at Taitem Engineering in Ithaca. He says there's growing interest in heat pumps.