Before exploring heating and cooling systems, make sure that your home has great insulation so that no air is escaping through the attic, ceiling, vents, floor, or walls. Insulation will help you keep the desired temperature in your house all year round, protecting it against cold in winter and excess heat in summer. Insulation is also useful to reduce noise pollution. A well-insulated house is very energy efficient and will need very little additional heating and cooling. Use this calculator for a rough estimate on how much you could save by insulating your home. Visit the incentives page to see the 1000s of dollars of incentives that are available to you to help with installation and purchasing costs.
Intro to Heating and Cooling
On average, about a THIRD of the energy used in a home in California goes to heating and cooling.
That’s why its important to have a plan BEFORE your old appliances break down. It may be tempting to switch to the same system your home has used for decades once your old one bites the dust, but there are other electric technologies that provide a whole host of cost-saving, energy-saving, and environmental benefits.
In Alameda, most buildings are not equipped with cooling systems. As climate change brings hotter summer weather, you might find yourself wishing you had air conditioning.
Alameda's are eligible for a number of incentives relating to heating and cooling technology. Visit the Incentives page to learn more.
What's out there?
Heat pump HVAC systems provide BOTH HEATING AND COOLING services all in one unit in a highly efficient way - saving you money. Heat pumps use electricity and they can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% compared to furnaces and electric baseboard heaters. Unlike natural gas systems, heat pumps circulate air while providing filtration and dehumidification, meaning that the air in your home will be cleaner and healthier. Heat pumps use clean energy and can be paired with solar and back--up power, so you can ensure your home is resilient while enjoying greater savings.
How do you know which heat pump HVAC is right for you?
If your home has no ductwork, look for mini-split heat pumps which are designed for homes without ducts. If you have an existing forced-air furnace, then a heat pump can take advantage of the existing ductwork to distribute heat through your home.
Use a Smart Thermostat to increase energy efficiency even more. Check out the Incentives page to see how much you can save on a new purchase.
If you have...
Central Heat Pump
Average Cost: $5,000 to $10,000 installed
Savings: $1,000 per year
Payback: 5 years
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years
Rebate available: Yes
*Note that these numbers are highly subjective. Contact a BayREN Energy Advisor for a more accurate quote specific to your circumstance
What is a Central Heat Pump?
Central air to air heat pumps use efficient technology to heat and cool your home. They use the same principle as refrigerators to heat and cool your house by exchanging the heat between indoor and outdoor air. A standard air to air heat pump has two main components - an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor evaporator/air handling unit.
One unit can both heat and cool your home
More eco-friendly as heating is not done through the burning of fossil fuels..
Very energy efficient. On average, a heat pump can save you 30%-40% on your heating and cooling bills.
High Initial Cost
Low monthly energy bills; they provide a quick return on investment compared to other heating and cooling sources.
Relatively fast to install
Very efficient when compared to other forms of electric heating. They use 25-50% less energy than traditional types of electric heat like baseboard, wall, ceiling, or forced air furnaces.
When choosing a heat pump, be sure to check if your home’s voltage range is compatible; you may need to do some rewiring in order to support the heat pump’s capacity.
Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump
Central Air Conditioning
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Hot Water Baseboard
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Electric Radiant Floors
Electric radiant floors are a heat distribution system that uses electric resistance heaters, essentially a mat of wires, to heat up the floor, which then radiates heat into the room.
Central Heat Pump (Ducted)
Mini Split Heat Pump (Ductless)
Electric Furnace (Ducted)
Solar Hot Water Space Heater (Ductless)
Hot Water Baseboards (Ductless)
Electric Radiant Floors (Ductless)
Central Air Conditioning (Ducted)
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