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Why heat pumps are the future, and how your home could use one

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

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🗞️ Driving the news: Heat pumps, which can both heat and cool buildings using electricity, are gaining attention in New York State as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel heating
• The technology, which is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from residential and commercial buildings, works by moving heat rather than generating it directly.

🔭 The context: Heat pumps function by extracting heat from outdoor air, even in cold weather, using refrigerants and a compressor system 
• The shift toward renewable energy sources enhances their environmental benefits, as they rely on electricity that can increasingly come from renewable sources like wind and solar

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: As buildings are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to heat pumps can drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the heating and cooling sector. This is particularly significant in densely populated areas like New York City.

⏭️ What's next: New York is gradually preparing its infrastructure to support the wider adoption of heat pumps
• Upcoming federal and state programs, like those outlined in the Inflation Reduction Act, are expected to provide additional financial incentives to facilitate this transition

💬 One quote: "We are kept pretty busy," says Victor Rodriguez, owner of Ice Age Mechanical, indicating the growing demand and adoption rate of heat pumps in New York.

📈 One stat: In New York City, over 30,000 heat pump installations have been completed by Con Ed customers since 2020, showcasing a rapid increase in adoption.

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