Whether you’re upgrading your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system or building a new home, residential heat pumps are the most energy efficient and green way to heat and cool your home.
With heat pumps, you don’t need two separate units because they function as both heaters and air conditioners. During the summer months, heat pumps extract hot air from inside a home and transfer it outside. During the winter months, heat pumps work in the opposite direction and transfer heat inside a home. Because most of the heat is transferred and not generated, they require less energy. Additionally, when compared to a gas furnace or a traditional HVAC system, heat pumps are safer because gas leaks or tip-over hazards are not possible. They also don’t make as much noise, provide better indoor air quality, require less maintenance and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions making them better for the environment.
Exact energy savings depend on several factors, including location, type of heat pump, current HVAC system, energy costs and energy usage. Some homeowners have reported savings ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent on their heating and cooling costs after switching to a heat pump.
The projected long-term energy savings, along with Cleco’s heat pump rebates and federal tax credits help offset the installation cost, making heating and cooling your home with a heat pump more affordable than ever.
Benefits of Residential Heat Pumps
Lower Energy Bills
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Cleco promoting heat pumps?Heat pumps are one of several clean, all-electric technologies Cleco is supporting to help preserve our natural environment and sustain our planet for present and future generations. Heat pumps also generate some pretty powerful benefits.
Why should I buy or upgrade to a heat pump?According to the Department of Energy, home heating and cooling costs can account for up to 40 percent of a household's average monthly energy bill. Some homeowners have reported savings ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent on their heating and cooling costs after switching to a heat pump. They also cut the need for two separate units, require less maintenance than gas furnaces and traditional HVAC systems, run quietly and produce fewer emissions making them better for the environment.
What incentives are available?
Cleco offers a mail-in rebate for up to $1,500 to residential customers who replace their HVAC system with a heat pump. The rebate is available through Power Wise, Cleco’s energy efficiency program. Visit Residential Equipment Rebates to complete the applicable form and apply for the rebate. Proof of purchase is required, and documentation must be submitted within 60 days of the purchase date.
In addition, Cleco offers a mail-in rebate for up to $1,500 to residential customers who install a heat pump in their newly constructed home plus a 10 percent discount on electric utility bills from November through April for the first five years of residence. These incentives are available through Cleco’s Power Miser program. To qualify, your new home must be served by Cleco, be heated by a qualified central heat pump and have all-electric water heating. Visit Power Miser to complete the New Construction Verification form and apply for the rebate.
Funding is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.