WINCHESTER - HeatSmart is a group purchasing program for clean heating and cooling technologies for homes and businesses. The program is now moving into the next phase where residents and businesses can sign up for a free evaluation to determine if their home/business is suitable for heat pumps, solar hot water, or modern wood heating.
Four HeatSmart installers have been selected after a rigorous vetting process. Installers were chosen based on the quality of their written proposals, interviews, previous experience, and reference checks. Residents can meet them on April 23 at 7 p.m., in Arlington Town Hall, or on April 28 at 7 p.m., in the Winchester High School Auditorium.
“The selected HeatSmart installers are dedicated to helping customers get the right system for their home or business, at the best price,” said Fritzie Nace, Winchester’s HeatSmart coach.
The HeatSmart Arlington-Winchester installers and volunteers can help you learn how to take advantage of incentives and rebates for these technologies. In addition to rebates, the Mass Save Heat Loan program provides up to $25,000 at zero percent interest over seven years.
What Is HeatSmart?
Now in its second year, HeatSmart is a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). HeatSmart is a community-based education program that uses group purchasing to help drive down the cost for residential and small-scale commercial installations of clean heating and cooling technologies.
Vetted installers provide quality equipment and installation and, along with local volunteers, help customers understand these new technologies.
Four great technologies
HeatSmart’s clean-energy heating and cooling technologies were introduced March 31 at Winchester’s kick-off event at Town Hall. The HeatSmart Arlington-Winchester campaign is promoting the following four technologies:
• Air source heat pumps – One popular type of air source heat pump is a ductless mini split. This technology works by concentrating and moving heat from one place to another in an extremely efficient manner. In the summer, it transfers heat out of a building, working like an air conditioner or refrigerator, cooling and dehumidifying the building. In the winter, it runs in reverse, providing heating even when the outside air temperature is below 0° F.
• Ground source heat pumps – Similar to air source heat pumps, this technology heats and cools buildings by transferring heat. Unlike air source heat pumps, it uses the relatively constant temperature of the ground instead of outdoor air to transfer heat.
• Solar hot water – Uses free energy from the sun to heat water, providing up to 80 percent of a building’s hot water year-round. Systems can be mounted on the roof or on the ground.
• Modern wood heating – Very similar to a typical boiler or furnace, except that the fuel source is sustainably sourced wood pellets instead of fossil fuels.
Who are the installers? Four technologies – four installers:
New England Ductless (air source heat pumps) – New England Ductless participated in the previous HeatSmart Concord-Carlisle-Lincoln and HeatSmart-CoolSmart Somerville campaigns. They have been installing ductless air-source heat pumps for many years. They can also install ducted air source heat pump systems as well.
EnergySmart Alternatives (ground source heat pumps) –With a combined knowledge of HVAC, geology, groundwater and engineering, EnergySmart Alternatives designs and installs geothermal heating and cooling systems that will perform for years. EnergySmart operates out of our neighboring Town of Medford and are devoted to bringing their great service to Arlington.
New England Solar Hot Water (solar hot water) – New England Solar Hot Water (NESHW) participated in the previous Lincoln/Sudbury/Wayland HeatSmart campaign. They will help you harness the free power of the sun to heat your domestic hot water. As the largest provider of solar thermal in the state and a participant in the Lincoln Solarize Plus campaign, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Caluwe (modern wood heating) – Specializes in commercial and residential biomass heating equipment. Caluwe is located in nearby Burlington. Caluwe is focused on custom-built solutions and dedicated to finding the best one for you. As the regional distributor for Windhager modern wood boilers and furnaces, you are getting a proven technology at a great price.
For more information, visit www.HeatSmartWinchester.com.