Heating, cooling and humidity control – a heat pump does it all. Except, perhaps, a name that does their versatility justice. Heat pumps look and function the same as air conditioners for cooling, but in cool months when heat is called for, they reverse operation to provide warmth for your home. If you live in a colder environment, electric heat pumps are great in combination with your oil or gas furnace as a Hybrid Heat® solution, which can improve energy efficiency and result in significant savings on your overall heating costs.
A cold climate heat pump can drastically lower your heating costs and provide your home with air conditioning during the summer months.
Heat pumps extract heat from the outdoors and move it inside to heat your home or move it outdoors to cool your home.
There are several heat pump system configurations, the most common is an air-source heat pump (ASHP). ASHP’s gather heat from the ambient air, while ground-source or geothermal heat pumps extract it from the ground. The heat that either system absorbs can be rejected into your home through a forced air ducted furance system, ductless or through a hydronic heat exchanger that heats your floor.
Heat pump technology has evolved in recent years, enabling this equipment to perform well in cold climates like Halifax. . The efficiency and cost savings of switching to a heat pump can be significant, depending on the type of fuel you currently use and the configuration that is best for your home.