Heat Pumps Can Reduce Home Energy Costs By Up to 60%

Carrier’s commitment to sustainability and innovation is lowering homes’ carbon footprints and utility costs.

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has determined that about 4 percent of global greenhouse emissions are the result of Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling (HVAC) system usage. 

One reason for this intense energy usage is that nearly 90 percent of existing homes rely on older technology for heating and cooling. For example, It’s estimated that about 40 percent of homes heat with gas furnaces that are 10+ years old, and many whole-house cooling systems are twice that age.

Housing is ripe for an HVAC upgrade, and heat pumps are an optimal fit.

heat pumps can reduce home energy costs

The impact of HVAC systems is expected to increase as climate change results in more extreme weather and HVAC systems are used more often to ensure comfort in homes. Because of this, the importance of creating energy-efficient and environmentally friendly HVAC technology to reduce greenhouse emissions is paramount. 

A Timely Solution

Carrier understands the importance of environmentally friendly, high-performance HVAC systems. That’s why the company participated in the VISION House Sussex project, with the goal of implementing sustainable HVAC technology at a reasonable price. 

The VISION House Sussex features Carrier’s Performance Multi-Zone Heat Pump with Basepan Heater,  which reduces a building’s carbon emissions by utilizing electricity instead of fossil fuels in a highly efficient heat pump system. This system keeps a consistent indoor temperature in the summer and winter, down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. 


Performance Multi-Zone Heat Pump with Basepan Heater

Performance High Wall Indoor Units were also used in the home, offering ductless filtration with an ozone-friendly refrigerant that is more efficient than typical ducted units, as well as a Performance 96 Gas Furnace, which implements a high-efficiency home heating system while providing homeowners with energy savings and reduced energy bills.

Finally, Carrier’s Premium ecobee Thermostat with InteliSense and voice control connects homeowners and product dealers to streamline maintenance and service requests.

How Americans Use Energy at Home

Pie chart from EPA depicting energy consumption at homes. This Pie chart indicates that most energy used in the homes comes from some type of heating or cooling.

VISION House Sussex exterior view

VISION House Sussex

ESG and Carbon Neutral Goals

Carrier’s ambitious ESG commitments seek to drive change for both consumers and manufacturers. Carrier aims to achieve carbon neutrality and a 10% decrease in energy intensity in operations, water neutrality, create zero waste from manufacturing locations, as well as reduce customers’ carbon footprints by over a gigaton through improving and implementing homeowner technology.

Over time, rising utility costs have put extra stress on homeowners. In response, Carrier has pursued innovative solutions that not only decrease the carbon footprint of a household but that also reduce utility bills. 

Visit the VISION House Sussex site to learn more about how Green Builder Media, Carrier, and other groups are working together to develop demonstration homes that educate builders and consumers on how to bring sustainability to the home building industry.