Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

Which Heat Pump Is Right For Me?

Heat pumps provide energy-efficient heating and cooling, work well in cold climates, and can provide space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of conventional appliances.

If you heat your building with natural gas – as most Burlingtonians do – you might not save money with an air-source heat pump; your electric bill could go up by more than your gas bill goes down.

Weatherize First. Field studies show that heat pumps work best in weatherized buildings. For very well-insulated and air-sealed buildings, heat pumps do not require a fossil fuel backup for operation in extremely cold outdoor temperatures.

Contact BED Energy Services to get started with free, unbiased advice. We’ll walk you through the decision-making process and help you maximize your energy investments. 

Mini-Split Heat Pump

  • Heats & cools specific rooms.
  • Ductless. Inexpensive to install.

Split System

  • Mini-splits can provide an easy-to-install heating and cooling solution for buildings without ductwork for rooms that were not previously conditioned.
  • Mini-splits can be more affordable than other heat pump system types, so can serve as a more accessible way for some building owners to strategically electrify and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • For cooling, a Mini-splits may cost 40% less to operate than room air conditioners of equivalent capacity.
  • Some of the latest Mini-splits models can provide space heating without fossil fuel backup at very low outdoor temperatures.
  • Mini-splits can last 12 – 15 years, depending on the installation location and exposure of the outdoor unit.

Receive up to $3,350 toward the purchase of an eligible cold climate heat pump (CCHP). Learn more about other amazing rebate offers that are part of our Green Stimulus program.

Rebate Form: Mini-Split Heat Pump

Centrally Ducted Heat Pump

  • Replaces or augments existing gas furnace & ducts
  • Can heat & cool entire home/building

Ducted heat pump systems use existing ductwork to distribute conditioned air for both heating and cooling to your entire building or home. They can also be retrofit to work with your existing furnace. Customers considering these systems should work with HVAC contractors with controls systems experience to program a Centrally Ducted Heat Pump system for effective and energy-efficient operation.

Rebate: BED has increased the centrally ducted heat pump incentives to a maximum total today of up to $8,750 to support local projects through December 31, 2021.

REBATE: Centrally Ducted Air-Source Heat Pump

Air to Water Heat Pump

  • Replaces an aging gas boiler & baseboards
  • Can heat & cool entire home/building

Air to Water heat pumps work similarly to the heat pumps mentioned above but they circulate water for heating and cooling, and can provide domestic hot water. Hydronic distribution uses water as a heat transfer fluid to distribute heat.

Heat pumps can be retrofit to work with your existing boiler. Customers considering these systems should work with HVAC contractors with controls systems experience to program an Air to Water heat pump system for effective and energy-efficient operation.

Rebate: BED has increased the air to water heat pump incentives from a maximum total today of $5,000 to $12,500 to support local projects.

REBATE: Air to Water Heat Pump

Ground-Source Heat Pump

Or Geothermal Heat Pump GSHP

  • For new construction or extensive retrofits
  • Suitable for larger/community homes, commercial buildings

Ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs), also called “geothermal” heat pumps, are a type of heat pump that exchange heat between a building and the ground or groundwater by circulating refrigerant between indoor equipment and an outdoor loop.

  • Lower and more predictable annual energy bills
  • Resilient and reliable comfort and efficient energy performance year-round
  • Emissions-free heating and cooling for low environmental impact
  • A low maintenance, long-term solution for space conditioning needs

More about Ground-Source Heat Pumps

Preferred Heat Pump Installer Network

Burlington Electric Department recognizes these important partners – all members of Vermont’s Efficiency Excellence Network – for their work and ability to deliver the highest-quality heat pump services to our customers. If you would like your company to be included on our list of preferred heat pump installers, please contact Jennifer Green at (802) 865-7349 or jgreen@burlingtonelectric.com.

A. Cooper Mechanical
A. Cooper Mechanical
171 Leroy Rd
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 655-9191
Benoure Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
34 Commerce Avenue
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 864-7156
Building Energy
Building Energy
1570 South Brownell Road
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 448-8552
Chuck's Heating & Air Conditioning
Chuck’s Heating & Air Conditioning
416 Roosevelt Hwy
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 655-1489
Energy Co-op of Vermont
Energy Co-op of Vermont
73 Prim Road
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 860-4090
Red Rock Mechanical
Red Rock Mechanical
339 Red Rock Road
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 893-9992
Robinson Mechanical, LLC
Robinson Mechanical, LLC
Swanton, VT 05478
(802) 782-5376
Vermont Energy Contracting & Supply Corp
Vermont Energy Contracting & Supply Corp
188 Krupp Drive
Williston, VT 05495
(802) 658-6055

Additional Heating & Cooling Products

BED partners with Efficiency Vermont on incentives for energy efficient products and appliances.

Important: ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 products are of a higher efficiency standard than regular ENERGY STAR qualified products. Please be sure that the product you are buying is listed as “Most Efficient.”

  • Central Wood Pellet Furnaces & Boilers
  • Dehumidifiers – up to $40 cash back
    • Plus a $15 Green Stimulus Bonus Rebate for select ENERGY STAR certified models*
    • Plus a $25 Green Stimulus Bonus Rebate for select ENERGY STAR Most Efficient certified models*
  • Window Air Conditioners – $100 cash back plus $100 BED Green Stimulus Bonus Rebate for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models*
  • Ventilation System – $110 cash back for qualifying exhaust only systems in single family, and multifamily owner occupied homes
    • Plus a $50.00 Green Stimulus Bonus Rebate for select ENERGY STAR certified models*
    • Fans must be equipped with one of the following control systems:
      • Intermittently operated fans must have a 24-hour programmable timer.
      • Continuously operated fans must have an on/off switch located in the fan or in a remote location

* Bonus Green Stimulus rebates will automatically be included in your rebate check. The Green Stimulus rebates are available until the end of June 2022 and on a first-come-first served basis for installed projects.


Electric Panel Upgrades – Heat Pumps – Electric Vehicles

With the growing popularity of heat pumps, electric vehicles, and other electric appliances, some Burlingtonians may soon reach the limits of their current electric panel. Upgrading your panel to accommodate your current and future needs — and help the city’s Net Zero Energy goal — is now a lot easier with several local credit unions offering exceptionally low rates on financing for these panel upgrades in addition to heat pumps and electric vehicles.

GMCU BED Renewable Energy Loan
Opportunities Credit Union Home Improvement Loan (EV)
Home Energy Loan (HP)
Vermont Federal Credit Union Energy Efficiency Home Improvement Loan
VSECU Home Energy Loan Program