Heat Pumps Explained – And Why They’re Awesome!

As the seasons transition, our thoughts turn to finding ways to keep our homes comfortable.

Traditionally, this means a furnace for the colder months, and an air conditioning system for the summer. But what if you could find a system that does both? Enter heat pumps!

Yes, despite their name, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling options.

How Heat Pumps Work

Unlike conventional furnaces that have to use energy to create heat, a heat pump system simply moves heat from one place to another. They transfer heat by circulating a refrigerant through a cycle of evaporation and condensation.

The heat pump cycle is fully reversible, so it provides you with comfortable temperatures in all seasons. During summer months, it absorbs the indoor heat and moves it to a unit outside your home, providing you with cool, comfortable air. In colder weather, the heat pump filters and heats the outside air and moves it into your house.

The key is in the reversing valve that changes the flow of refrigerant, so heat is pumped from one place to another, as needed: to the interior in the winter, and to the exterior in the summer.

Types of Heat Pumps

There are two common types of heat pumps: Air-source heat pumps are presently the most common type, utilized in most of Canada. They absorb heat from the outdoor air in winter and transfer heat to the outdoors in the summer.

Ground-source (or geothermal) heat pumps are now gaining popularity in Western and Central Canada. Instead of drawing heat from the air, they draw it from the ground or ground water, utilizing a system of coils buried beneath your home’s lawn.

Advantages

VERSATILITY

Unlike conventional furnace-based HVAC systems, a heat pump system can quickly transition to heating or cooling as the seasons demand.

Heat pumps can operate with or without ductwork. Ductless, air-source models are ideal for older homes, additions to existing homes or homes with inefficient heating and cooling systems.

LONGEVITY

You can expect your heat pump system to last between 10 and 30 years. Compare this to more traditional gas or oil-powered systems.

Typically, geothermal units last longer than air-source units. But keep an eye on new technologies; newer systems may prove to be even safer or more efficient, so at some point you may want to upgrade your heat pump.

ENERGY SAVINGS = COST SAVINGS

You can expect reduced electricity costs, as the system is moving heat from one place to another, not requiring energy to create it. Look for ENERGY STAR® models, as they use from 15 to 25 per cent less energy than standard models.

Note that although costs will be incurred to instal the system, reduced utility bills will offset the price of installation over a few years. Depending on the current cost of fossil fuels, converting to a heat pump system from oil and gas may present savings of 30 to 50 per cent.

Check with your local or provincial government, as some may offer rebates for converting to more energy-efficient systems.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Using electrical-powered heat pumps as opposed to conventional fossil-fuel systems lowers your greenhouse gas emissions. Dare we say this is the way of the future?

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