As more Canadians explore their options for heating their homes more efficiently and affordably, heat pumps are rising in popularity. The fact that the Canadian government is giving grants for their installation, makes them an even more appealing heating option. But, there seems to be quite a bit of misinformation going around about these 2-in-1 HVAC systems. Let’s get to the bottom of some of the most common misconceptions about heat pumps so you can make an informed choice about how to heat your home.
1. They Don’t Work in the Cold
Reality: While heat pumps operate most efficiently in moderate climates, they still work in cold climates, too. In fact, heat pumps are even a viable home heating option for Kitchener-Waterloo winters. There are cold climate heat pumps that are equipped to function efficiently in temperatures as low as -25℃.
However, if you like to be extra toasty, or want to be prepared for extreme weather, consider installing a high efficiency furnace with a heat pump. This is known as a dual-fuel system, and some configurations also qualify for Government rebates.
2. They’re Expensive to Run
Reality: The high level of efficiency means that heat pumps can save you money on your monthly energy bills. Compared to electric furnaces, some heat pumps can save you up to 65% on energy costs. Heat pumps can be more expensive at first, but the added cost to purchase a heat pump can be quickly recouped through utility cost savings.
3. They’re Just Another Heating System
Reality: Even though they’re called “heat pumps”, they’re capable of more than just heating. Heat pumps are a dual-function system. They heat your house when it’s cold, and they can be used like an air conditioner to cool your home when it’s hot. Heat pumps use a mechanical-compression refrigeration system to either heat or cool your home depending on the season. That means you don’t have to buy an AC!
4. Heat Pumps Are Noisy
Reality: Heat pumps used to be pretty loud. But, modern air pump technology has made it so they’re a lot quieter now. You’ll find that heat pumps don’t produce excessive noise as long as you have a qualified HVAC technician install it properly.
5. They Don’t Last as Long as Furnaces
Reality: Some people think that heat pumps don’t have a long lifespan or that they don’t last as long as a furnace. The truth is that if you keep your heat pump properly maintained, they can last up to 15-20 years. The model of your heat pump also affects its durability, as does proper installation. Make sure you work with a knowledgeable HVAC professional to discuss different systems and for proper installation.
6. One Heat Pump to Rule Them All
Reality: There’s a variety of models and types of heat pumps to choose from. There’s no one-size-fits-all heat pump. It’s important to have an HVAC specialist inspect your house so they can recommend the system that best suits your needs and home.
If you’re interested in having a heat pump installed in your home, get in touch with us today!
Delta Air Systems Ltd. has been proudly serving the HVAC needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions since the 1950s. We strive to provide our clients with reliable service and cost-effective solutions.