Thinking of a heat pump? Save money, help the climate

Heat pumps heat and cool, are energy efficient and a great climate solution. They also save money and work in cold weather. What’s not to love?

Yes they work in the winter, yes they are super energy efficient and yes they heat and cool spaces really well. No wonder the mighty heat pump is fast becoming the poster child of a clean energy transition.

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  What is a heat pump?

An air conditioner absorbs heat from inside your house into a refrigerant and pumps it outside. A heat pump does the same thing in reverse to bring heat inside. By moving heat in both directions, a heat pump cools your home in summer and heats it in winter. Air-source and ground-source heat pumps are the most common.

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Not a new technology

They were first developed and used in North America in 1948, with technology updates since. Thermal exchange surfaces, compressors and central and defrosting systems have been improved over the past decades.

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Save money

A heat pump’s superpower is how efficient it is at delivering heating and cooling. Because of this, they are the lowest-cost option for heating and cooling most homes in Canada and are less expensive than gas heating and traditional air conditioning in most cases. Using pumps with electric backup costs 13 per cent less than a gas system with air conditioning over its lifetime.

Check out the costs for changing to a heat pump in these Canadian cities.

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Get a rebate

The federal government gives up to $5,000 rebates for installation and $15,000 to switch from heating oil. Some provinces offer additional rebates.

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Heat pumps work in cold climates

Cold-climate air-source pump technology is designed to heat in temperatures as low as -31 C. Additional heating is useful in temperatures below -20 C. The countries with the highest per capita heat pump use are Finland, Norway and Sweden — all with cold winters!

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Climate winners

Because of their energy efficiency, heat pumps can lower emissions even in provinces with dirty grids. They produce 3 to 5 kWh of thermal energy for every kWh of electricity consumed. Together, households in Canada can reduce climate pollution from home heating by a total of 19.6 million tonnes by 2035 just by using heat pumps for cooling rather than air conditioners.