‘Next-generation heat pump’ joins the military to slash energy costs
To provide energy-saving housing for military members and their families, McGuire will be the first military base in the nation to install the Acadia heating and cooling system.
Made by Hallowell International, headquartered in Bangor, Maine, the system is said to be the “next-generation heat pump,” according to the company.
The all-electric Acadia system combines heating and cooling functions to ensure a comfortable indoor temperature, regardless of the outside weather. Onboard features include a patented Opti-Cycle booster that enables efficient operation in temperatures as cold as minus 30 F.
Enlisting energy-saving installation
Approximately 2,000 homes at the Air Force Base will be outfitted with Acadia. The systems will be installed by United Communities LLC, owner of the Military Housing Privatization Project at McGuire Air Force Base as well as the U.S. Army’s adjacent Fort Dix. The Military Privatization Act is a national program that allows private developers to redesign and operate military housing for a 50-year term, based on competitive offers.
“When we took on this project, we wanted to create a comprehensive housing program that encompassed green initiatives, with a focus on utility conservation,” said Jack Gafford, director of development for United Communities. “The Acadia fit perfectly into this model. We are not only creating a comfortable environment for these military families, but we are taking an active role in helping the environment by reducing our energy consumption.”
By eliminating the need for expensive and polluting fossil fuels, Acadia helps protect the environment, lower energy bills and reduce overall housing costs for military families.
According to the company, the system can outperform conventional heating systems by 200 percent and has already lowered home energy bills by up to 70 percent.
Bangor, Maine-based Hallowell International provided this case history.