When it comes to maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home, furnaces, fireplaces, and air conditioners are usually the first options that come to mind.
What is a heat pump?
Contrary to what the name indicates, heat pumps do not actually generate heat. Heat pumps are a type of heating and cooling system that uses electricity to transfer heat from one location to another instead of generating heat directly.
How Heat Pumps Keep You Warm (and Cool)
In the winter, a heat pump absorbs energy from the outside air—even in cold temperatures—and transfers it to the indoor air. During the summer, a heat pump moves heat from inside your home to the outdoors, much like an air conditioner does. This means heat pumps can be used year-round to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature, regardless of the outdoor conditions.
Heat Pump Benefits
- Energy efficiency: One of the main advantages of heat pumps is their high efficiency, which can help you save money on your energy bills. They work by transferring heat from the outside air or ground into your home, rather than generating heat like a traditional furnace. This means they use less energy to produce the same amount of heat.
- Versatility: Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home, making them a versatile choice for year-round comfort. In Canada, where temperatures can vary widely throughout the year, this can be especially beneficial.
- Reduced environmental impact: Because heat pumps use less energy than traditional heating and cooling systems, they also have a lower carbon footprint. This makes them a more sustainable choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners.
- Durability: Heat pumps are designed to be long-lasting, with many models offering a lifespan of 10+ years. Enjoy reliable, efficient heating and cooling for years to come!
Types of Heat Pumps
When looking at heat pumps, there are two main types to consider- air source and ground source (also known as geothermal). You also need to consider if you want to go fully electric or a combination of electric and natural gas or propane.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps take heat from the air outside your home and use it for both heating and cooling in the summer. These heat pumps are the easiest to install and, therefore, a more popular choice in Ontario.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source (geothermal) heat pumps require the installation of piping into the ground. The main advantage of ground source heat pumps is their unmatched efficiency year-round, as the ground temperature remains constant. It is the most efficient and cost-effective method of home comfort.
Electric Vs. Hybrid Heating
You can replace your current heating and cooling system with one that uses electricity exclusively or a hybrid system that uses mostly electricity but relies on fossil fuels to supplement your heat on very cold days.