ALL ABOUT HEAT PUMPS
Despite their name, heat pumps don’t just provide heat!
As global warming continues to affect our environment and inflation influences the price of energy and natural resources across the globe, interest in energy efficient HVAC systems like Heat Pumps has grown rapidly due to the long term, greener savings they can provide.
What is a Heat Pump Anyways?
Heat pumps have been around for a long time, but over the last few years advances in technology have allowed them to become more efficient and work in colder weather than some of the earlier models, making them more appealing to your pocketbook and safer for the environment!
Like your air conditioning system, heat pumps move thermal energy across various locations to make your home more comfortable.
In the winter season, a heat pump uses electricity to pull warmer air into your home to provide heat.
A heat pump is a combination system that air conditions and heats all in one. Most heat pumps are split systems. They’re called this because the system is split into two sections. The air handler unit which sits inside and the heat pump unit which is outside.
In the summer, it’s works almost like an air conditioner—the outside heat pump unit compresses and circulates refrigerant to the evaporator coil housed in the indoor air handler.
The evaporator coil gets very cold- ice cold; So cold that it can remove humidity from your home. This process continues until the indoor air matches the ideal thermostat temperature you’ve set.
In the winter the cooling process is reversed by using a simple valve that allows the heat pump to create warmth- even on most really cold days!
Unlike a regular air conditioner system, a heat pump provides thermal control almost the entire year, except for the coldest days of winter in some regions. Most cold climate heat pump units are rated for temperatures down to -25 now.
Heat pumps typically create more energy than they use (which is not a lot). They also use electricity so if the increasing prices of natural gas are starting to hurt, a heat pump might lower your bills over-all.
Heat pumps can reduce energy costs by as much as 50%. Although the initial cost or purchasing the unit can sometimes be more than a traditional furnace or air conditioner, grants like the Canada Greener Homes Grant can help offset some of that cost, making it an affordable way to be friendlier to the environment and save on your monthly bills long term.
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The SEER is determined by dividing the cooling output (which is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU)) by the amount of electrical energy used in watt-hours.
The HSPF is essentially the same calculation but for heating.
The minimum SEER rating required in Canada for heat pumps is 13; the higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the heat pump.
A Central Heat pump connects to existing ductwork and a furnace or air handler.
A Ductless Heat Pump connects to small mounted indoor ‘heads’ that moves your heated or cooled air.
Ductless units are best for someone who doesn’t already have an existing duct system while central heat pumps are typically for anyone who has existing ductwork.
Air-Source Heat Pumps are the most widely used system for most residences. They can be both ducted or ductless and are typically quiet and energy-efficient. They work by moving warm air in and out of your home to control the temperature.
Ducted air-source heat pumps work almost like the way a central air conditioner and furnace system do, and are connected to your home’s ductwork. There is both an outdoor unit and an indoor coil in the furnace area and you can control the temperature by using a thermostat.
Ductless systems have blower as well as a heat exchanger inside a contained unit. They also have an outside unit and generally have one or more heads mounted throughout the interior of your home that act as air handlers.
Water-source heat pumps usually use groundwater or water from a nearby source and pull It through the system. The unit extract the heat from the liquid and then converts it into thermal energy which generates a heat supply for your home.
Water-source heat pumps usually draw from a large body of water often making them more challenging and costly to install than air-source, although they are the most efficient form of heat pump.
The system relies on the more consistently stable temperature of the water versus more rapidly changing air and ground temperatures which is what creates the additional efficiency compared to other types.
Geothermal heat pumps are also called ground-source heat pumps and they work by pulling thermal energy from the earth. Similar to Water Source Heat pumps they are a bit more efficient than air source because of the consistently stable temperature compared to air, but they are generally very expensive to install and require a highly-trained professional to install it correctly or you won’t get the efficiency you’re aiming for. They also require a lot of outdoor space. They are usually comprised of three components:
- A subsystem that contains pipes which are buried in the earth which move liquid that absorbs or expels heat back into the ground.
- A heat pump sub-system which uses the thermal energy from the earth, and then concentrates that energy to provide heating or cooling.
- A heat distribution subsystem that can be either involve ductwork or be ductless that sends the cool or hot air throughout a building.
We service and sell heat pumps in the following areas:
- Port Hope
- Port Perry
Heat Pump Experts in Courtice, Bowmanville and beyond!
Here at Ashton Heating and Cooling, we are experts at all heating systems but especially heat pumps!
Our technicians have been specially trained on the systems we sell and service and we would be happy to answer any questions about heat pumps that you have.
There are even government grants like The Greener Homes Canada Grant, giving people Rebates up to $6500 to help subsidize some of the cost of replacing their older, lower efficiency HVAC units with a new high-efficiency heat pump model if eligible.
We’ve successfully helped lots of customers through the Greener Homes grant process and would love to assist you in getting started.
For no added cost and with no pressure, we will guide you through the whole process beginning to end to ensure you qualify before spending any money- and we will help make sure that your equipment is eligible and that you receive the largest rebate possible.
If you’re ready to discuss adding a heat pump to your home, call or text Ashton Heating and Cooling today at 905-240-6055 with any questions you may have or to schedule a free, no pressure in-home estimate with a Heat Pump Specialist.
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