What is a Heat Pump and How Do They Work?
A heat pump is an electrical system that is installed outside of your home. During winter months, the heat pump produces heat within your home by pulling in outdoor air, heating and distributing it throughout your home. During summer months, it does the opposite. The heat pump pulls in outdoor air, cools it down and then distributes it throughout your home. Here is a quick diagram that shows the difference between ducted vs ducted heating systems:
How They Impact the Environment:
Heat pumps are proven to be more environmentally friendly compared to furnaces and air conditioners, since they don’t use as much energy compared to other equipment that run on natural gas. Heat Pumps simply redistribute heat and cool air throughout your home and this is usually done through an electric energy source. Here are some of the many benefits that heat pumps provide:
So, why the switch?
1) Lower Energy Consumption
Since Heat Pumps run electronically compared to natural gas sources, they run lower on energy consumption. Heat pumps use hydroelectricity to redistribute warm and cool air around your home instead of running on natural gas, which burns more fossil fuels and emits more greenhouse emissions. They are proven to be 300% more efficient compared to HVAC systems that run on natural gasses such as A/Cs and Furnaces.
2) Lower Costs
The average cost of a heat pump is between $3,000-$15,000 depending on which type you get. However, switching over to eco-friendly devices such as a heat pump, thermostat or other renewable energy sources will lower your costs. Depending on your location, there are government initiatives that can help you save some money such as the Canada Greener Homes Grant, which helps save energy across all Canadian homes. They are offering up to $5,000 in grants, as well as an additional $600 for EnerCare Guide costs. Not only will you be helping the planet when making the switch, but who doesn’t love saving some extra money in their pocket?
3) Long Life Span
Heat Pumps have an average lifespan between 10-15 years. However, this will depend on how often you use your heat pump. The key to maintaining a longer lifespan for your heat pump is to check up on its maintenance at least twice a year. An HVAC technician will assess the performance of your heat pump, minor issues as well as additional tips and tricks in order to ensure the longevity of your heat pump.
4) Better Safety
Since heat pumps run primarily on electricity, they are generally safer to use compared to HVAC equipment that run on natural gas. As they regenerate heat and distribute cool areas around your household, they don’t pump out as much energy compared to furnaces and A/Cs which are powered by natural gas. This is especially important if you live in a household with kids and/or pets.
5) Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Using heat pumps can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by 45-54% compared to equipment that run on natural gas such as air conditioners, furnaces and A/Cs. Your carbon footprint determines the amount of carbon dioxide and other emissions due to burning fossil fuels and other harmful gas emissions. Reducing this is a great step to becoming more eco-friendly and doing our part by saving the planet!