Four things to know about heat pumps
Heat pumps are an energy-efficient way of transferring heat in and out of a home.
Here are four things you should know about heat pumps.
Heat pumps work like refrigerators
Refrigerators move heat energy from one place to another. A heat pump does this throughout a home, moving hot air out of the house in the summer and bringing warm air into the house in the winter. Air is heated and cooled through the evaporation and condensation cycles of a refrigerant.
This unique design makes it both a heating system and an air conditioner.
Choose the heat pump that’s right for your home
There are several different styles of heat pumps.
If you’re thinking about installing one, ask yourself:
- Should you use your home’s existing ducts or does it make more sense to use a ventless option?
- What options are better for smaller homes or homes with open layouts?
- Is your home located in a colder climate?
Costs and rebates
The cost of installing and maintaining heat pumps can vary significantly depending on several factors like the type of heat pump, the size of your home, and other design and installation considerations. Make sure you receive and compare multiple quotes.
Rebates are available. CleanBC Better Homes has a rebate search tool on their website that displays all available rebates for heat pump installations and more.
Environmental benefits inside and outside the home
Heat pumps usually offer airflow and dehumidification controls, and many offer enhanced filtration systems to clean the air inside your home from pollutants, dust, and allergens.
If your home is connected to BC’s electrical grid (as most are), a heat pump can help reduce your carbon footprint by about the same amount as not driving your car for approximately nine months. They use anywhere from a half to a third as much energy as electric baseboards or gas furnaces.
For more information, read CleanBC Better Homes heat pump information and FAQ page.