Getting Started

If you’re considering a cold-climate heat pump for your home, getting started is easy. Follow these simple steps to start saving energy, and make your home cleaner, greener, and comfier year-round.

Heat Pump Installation

A Visual Guide

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    Work with a NYSERDA participating contractor to conduct a no-cost home energy assessment.

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    Ask your contractor to address any air sealing and insulation issues that were identified during your energy assessment prior to designing your heat pump system.

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    Explore your financing options. In addition to any loans your contractor may offer, there are a variety of low-interest loans available from New York State to help you pay for heat pumps and any air sealing and insulation work your home may need.

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    Research available State incentives and federal tax credits for your heat pump purchase and factor them into your budgeting. Be sure to file for any tax credits you may be eligible for to receive refunds.

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    After air sealing and insulating, your NYS Clean Heat contractor will then design a heat pump system according to the size of your home, its indoor space and layout, your aesthetic preferences, and any financial considerations.

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    Next, your contractor will install your heat pump and educate you on how to operate your new system.

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    Now that your heat pump is installed, find the temperature that feels most comfortable, then “set it and forget it.”

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    Clean any indoor air filters when the indicator light comes on or if they become visibly dirty.

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    Schedule regular maintenance visits with your contractor. Consult the manufacturer specs and/or warranty for the recommended intervals (most are every 1-2 years).