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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HEAT PUMPS

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WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HEAT PUMPS

EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HEAT PUMPS

More and more homeowners are making the switch to central heat pumps. This is a good option for those who wish to heat or cool their entire home. Compared to an air conditioner, which can cost a little less, a heat pump will save you at least 20% on your yearly heating bill. It is a profitable appliance, so here is a little more information to confirm this is the right choice for you.

CENTRAL HEATING

A heat pump serves to provide both heating and air conditioning for your home. Some heat pumps even provide the home with a hot water supply. However, with the harsh winters that we experience in Quebec, these appliances can’t stand alone. They should be paired with another heating system such as natural gas, an oil furnace, or electricity.

The role of a heat pump is to transfer heat from one place to another, but depending on the temperature outside the home, a heat pump alone may be insufficient. If this is the case, the secondary heating system will kick in.

The lifespan of a heat pump is 10-18 years, and you can expect about $300 savings on a yearly heating bill of $1500. Based on these savings alone, a heat pump is a very profitable choice. Keep in mind that a heat pump requires yearly maintenance to facilitate its performance. Because of this, you should also expect a service fee.

AIR-SOURCE HEAT PUMPS

Air-source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump because they can be installed in homes that have an existing air heating system. The function of these appliances is more important than that of an air conditioner, though, because while they are able to provide air conditioning during the summer, they can also draw heat from outside in order to heat the air inside the home during winter.

The advantages provided by an air-source heat pump are:

  • Great performance
  • Free, renewable energy use
  • Annual heating cost reduction
  • Dual cooling functionality

HEATING SYSTEM

It is well known that heat pumps consume less energy than other heating appliances. So how do they work? It’s simple: they draw heat from the outside air and deliver it to inside of the house. This explains how they are able to use less energy than they deliver. When the outside temperature is at 8° C for example, for every kilowatt-hour that is used, the heat pump saves 3 kilowatt-hours in your home.

Still, you should keep in mind the importance of effectively insulating your home, which will allow you to truly optimize your energy efficiency.

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