One of the most popular questions that comes up for homeowners considering renovations these days is whether to replace existing heating systems with an energy-efficient heat pump.
For those planning major renovations or upgrades to their heating system, a heat pump can be much more efficient than traditional gas or electric furnaces or baseboard heaters.
But that efficiency can quickly be lost when heat pumps are used improperly, or when their performance isn’t fully understood.
What is a heat pump, and how does it work?
Heat pumps work by extracting heat from the air or the ground outside, and pushing it inside to heat your home. Even when temperatures are relatively cool, there’s enough ambient heat to allow an efficient exchange. Because heat pumps move heat directly, rather than converting fuel into heat, they’re more efficient than baseboard heaters or furnaces.
But all heat pumps come with a backup heating system that kicks in when the temperature is too cold to allow heat transfer. The backup system isn’t as efficient, so if it’s running constantly, you’ll lose the efficiency and savings that heat pumps can provide.
Start by considering your heating and cooling needs
Although many customers are interested in heat pumps because they pump warm air out of your home in summer, it’s important not to think of them as “free” cooling. In fact, for many customers, the cooling provided by heat pumps could increase your electricity costs.
Most regions of B.C. only have short periods of time each year where home cooling is needed. For most customers, your home’s heating needs will be the most important when considering whether a heat pump is right for you.
Rebates available for energy-efficient upgrades and ductless heat pumps
You can save money and energy on all kinds of energy-efficient upgrades through BC Hydro and Fortis Gas home renovation rebates.
BR Ventilation is qualified to
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Located in Victoria BC, and part of the Vancouver Island Construction Association, we are here to solve all your Heat Pump needs.
Once you have decided on a brand of Heat Pump we provide the following scope of work;
Walk-through of home.
Heat loss/gain assessment.
Design to Quality 1st Standards.
Install of equipment, controls and ducting (sheet metal).
Start up and test Heat Pump System, and customer tutorial.