Heat pumps are a lot like air conditioners, only these units have an additional feature. When the weather grows cold, a heat pump can reverse its operations and heat the home, rather than cooling it down. The typical heat pump of today at O degrees C outdoors return 3 kilowatts of heat for each kilowatt of electricity that they use.
The Benefits Of A Heat Pump
1. You can use this equipment all throughout the year. AC units, however, can only be used for several weeks during the warmest months of summer.
2. The price difference between air conditioning units and these products is decreasing. Ductless designs are at the forefront. Currently, ductless heat pumps are just $200 more than AC units that are their equivalent. At this minimal premium, ductless heat pumps clearly trump ductless AC designs.
3. Central pumps might be $1k more than equivalent AC equipment, but even at this difference they are still the better choice if you happen to use oil, propane or electricity for heat.
4. New hydro meters that are “smart” are soon to hit the scene. In a lot of metropolitan areas, electricity is going to cost just 3.2 c for every kw on the weekends and at night. With 300% efficiency and at this price, electricity is the most cost-effective heat source.
5. Units likes these capitalise on the global warming trend. With milder winters in Toronto, these systems are increasing in profitability.
6. Fuel escape and carbon monoxide poisoning in the home are not going to be issues.
Supplemental heat is required for these units. This can be provided by an electric heater or a furnace that is fuel-based. There are two basic reasons why this is necessary.
1. Given that these units fill two needs, they are limited by the smaller of the two needs – the need for cooling. When winter is at its coldest, the pump will not have adequate heating capacity.
2. The heating capacity can also be lowered by cold outdoor temperatures to the point where the unit will need to be turned off and an alternative heat source will have to be used instead.
Supplemental heating is not such a major issue. For just several hundred dollars, a few electric strips can be accommodated by the existing duct work. Conversely, this can spare you the costs of purchasing a furnace brand new, which could be as much as $3,000.
Finally, you will be able to eliminate fuel heat from inside your home. Fuel and people do not mix well in closed interior spaces.