June 12, 2023
HVAC Installation in Amherst, NY

In 2023, New York became the first state in the country to ban gas stoves. Any new building constructed in 2026 or later that has seven stories cannot use these appliances. The same law also prevents all buildings constructed in 2029 and beyond from using them. With so much talk about other states following suit and what it might mean for other gas appliances, you might worry about losing your HVAC system. You don’t need to worry though because there are tons of green and electrical HVAC products that are perfect for your home.

Electric Heat Pump

As you know, our Western New York winters can be difficult. While you can rely on a standard furnace to keep your home warm, a heat pump is an awesome alternative as well as a green option. The pump collects the cold air in your home and pushes it outside to raise the indoor temperature. It comes in handy on a hot day, too, as it can force the warm air outside.

A ducted air-source heat pump is just one option. Some of the modern units use up to 50% less energy than older models do. As they work with most existing ducts, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to install one. If you do not have ducts, a ductless mini-split system is a good choice. To save even more on your power bills, look for a system with a high SEER rating and an Energy Star sticker.

Ductless and Mini-Split AC Systems

Both ductless and mini-split systems are terms that AC manufacturers use interchangeably. An older central air system can cost so much to run that you may look for other ways to beat the heat. Not only does a mini split help you save money, but it also works in local homes that lack ducts. The Amherst area has a lot of older and historic homes that do not have space for air conditioning ducts. You also risk damaging the walls when you add ducts.

Other Green Heating and Cooling Products

Going green may sound expensive, but you can easily find some products that fit your budget. With a ductless HVAC system, you get the full benefits of both heating and cooling units without the need for gas lines. While they are smaller than central air units, they can cut your energy bills by 20% or more.

Don’t forget about smart thermostats either. Designed to learn from you and your family, this device comes with an app that works on most phones and devices. You can schedule the heat pump or the AC when you’re away from home to keep your pipes from freezing and prevent humidity or moisture from damaging your walls and furniture. Limiting humidity can also improve your indoor air quality, which is why many people opt for electric humidifiers that work in bigger spaces. You’ll find different air purifiers that help with IAQ too, such as ultraviolet and ionic models.

Make Your Home Greener Today

The word green can make you think of expensive products that take a lot of time to install and tons of money to buy. The right products will reduce your impact on the environment and cut down on your home’s emissions while also helping you follow the gas stove ban. Turn to Heatwave Heating & Cooling when you’re ready for green HVAC options like heat pumps and mini splits.

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