Media: MN homeowners haven't embraced electric heat yet (U.S. News & World Report)

May 26, 2019

From U.S. News & World Report (AP):

A widespread switch from gas to electric heat that some experts say will be crucial for achieving Minnesota’s carbon emission goals isn’t happening just yet.

Minnesota heating and cooling contractors have seen a slight uptick in interest in alternatives to gas heat, but the technologies remain niche products here, where homeowners rely on their furnaces or boilers for half the year or more...

...The Center for Energy and Environment tested cold weather air source heat pumps two years ago and found they “work at surprisingly low temperatures,” said senior research engineer Ben Schoenbauer. Cold weather heat pumps saved energy and money compared to propane or electric baseboard resistance heating.

Though the heating works at low temperatures, homeowners cannot rely yet on heat pumps during polar vortexes. “I wouldn’t install one without having a backup,” he said. For most of the year, however, a cold weather heat pump would heat comfortably to as low as 10 degrees below zero...

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(This article was originally published by Energy News Network.)