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HeatSMART/CoolSMART Melrose Hosts Virtual Meet the Installer Webinar

Join the Melrose HeatSmart team virtually on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm for this program's Meet the Installer webinar.

Join HeatSMART/CoolSMART Melrose as it introduces its three vetted installers of clean heating and cooling technologies at a virtual Meet the Installers event, Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm.  This event is hosted by the City of Melrose and can be accessed at the City’s remote meeting portal at, or through the HeatSMART website at

“We are excited to be at this stage of the HeatSmart campaign, having our vetted installers on board and already providing free site assessments and quotes to residents,” said Martha Grover, Melrose’s sustainability manager, and the HeatSmart campaign’s municipal representative. “Our team spent many hours vetting the installers, to make sure customers get the best quality equipment and most professional installation practices, along with special group pricing.”

“Summer is a perfect time to install these systems.  Both types of heat pumps provide air conditioning as well as heating, so they can give you two systems in one; and solar hot water can eliminate energy bills for domestic hot water for much of the year.”

Three technologies, three installers

HeatSmart provides three clean-energy heating and cooling options: air source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, and solar hot water.

All three installers provide top-notch customer service, pricing, and quality.

Air-source heat pumps – New England Ductless

Air-source heat pumps move heat efficiently from one place to another. In the summer, they transfer heat out of a building, working like an air conditioner or refrigerator, cooling and dehumidifying the building. In the winter, they run in reverse, heating the building.

New England Ductless specializes in both ducted and ductless HVAC technologies. “Our heat pumps are an efficient way to heat or cool your home and business, and they are being offered at a great price through the HeatSmart program,” says Joseph Wood, owner. “We are happy to be part of Melrose’s drive towards a cleaner energy footprint.”

Ground-source heat pumps – Achieve Renewable Energy

Similar to air source heat pumps, this technology heats and cools buildings by transferring heat, picking up heat in winter, and discharging it in summer. However, unlike air source heat pumps, they use the earth’s relatively constant temperature (approximately 50 degrees, 6 to 8 feet below the surface) to transfer heat to or from a building, and to or from the ground, making these the most efficient systems available.

“The ground is a thermal resource that you can harvest with our geothermal installation and provide heating, cooling, and hot water for your home or business,” says owner Larry Lessard. “This is why geothermal energy is so efficient all year long.” 

“Achieve Renewable Energy, LLC looks forward to helping Melrose Residents take advantage of the renewable heating and cooling potential that is right under their feet.”

Solar hot water – New England Solar Hot Water

Unlike solar photovoltaic electric, solar hot water takes free solar energy from the sun and converts it to heat (not electricity). The sun heats up a panel through which a liquid is circulated, and a tube then transfers this heat to water for both domestic water use and radiant heating. Solar hot water has been around for more than 50 years, and modern collectors are now 75 percent efficient.

“We are thrilled about joining the terrific volunteers from the HeatSmart Melrose team. After successful campaigns in neighboring towns, we’re excited about now working in the Melrose community to introduce solar hot water systems utilizing 100% renewable energy from the sun,” says architect John Moore.

HeatSmart/CoolSmart Melrose is a partnership between the City of Melrose, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.  For more information, or to sign up for an installation, visit