Heating systems consume more energy and that impacts our monthly energy bills. You might not be aware that the heating systems contribute to sixty-six percent of your power bill. However, if you want to minimize energy expenses, you can think of using heat pump technology. You can consider installing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient heat pumps to find an effective solution for your energy bills. Heat pumps are the best alternatives to electric baseboards, oil heating, and natural gas systems. Also, you can use them both in summer and winter.
Are you a bit confused? Do you want to gather more information before going ahead with your decision? If yes, you can have a look at the following. It will help you to make an informed decision. We have covered all the possible aspects to enable you to make the right choice.
What Are Heat Pumps?
Heat pumps offer energy-efficient solutions to heat and cool your home. These systems are electrically operated and move heat to different places. However, you will notice a difference in the winter. Pump systems will pull outside air to make your indoor warm. In the summer, you can use them as an air conditioner. They will move the indoor warm air out and circulate cool air to maintain the indoor coolness. It is worth mentioning that these pumps are around 300% more efficient compared to your electric baseboards. Also, they are fifty percent more energy efficient than an AC unit.
Yes, you can use heat pumps in your Victoria BC home. This simple installation can minimize carbon footprint. Heat pumps will also reduce fossil fuel dependency.
What Are the Types?
ASHP or Air-Source Heat Pumps are designed to take outside heat air and circulate it indoors. Your pump can work efficiently, even at low temperatures. Some models can work in low temperatures down to -25°C.
You will find different types of heat pumps. Each pump type comes with some specific features and benefits. Here are the details.
It’s about the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF): a heating efficiency rating for heat pumps. The higher the rating, the more efficient the heat pump. You can go with more efficient systems to minimize energy consumption. You can find a variable speed compressor to get a higher HSPF rating and better efficiency.
How to Select the Right Type
Your climate will decide the best type of heat system for you. The cold climate-rated pumps are effective and the most efficient for mild B.C. climate. These systems are designed to maintain your indoor air when the temperature is below -5°C. If you go with higher HSPF, you can expect adequate heating in extreme temperature conditions below -25°C.
While buying a heat pump system, you will have to check the SEER rating. With a higher rating, you can expect better efficiency. For efficient cooling, you can buy one with a SEER rating greater than 16.
What Makes Heat Pumps Worth Considering
From the above, you might have realized that heat pumps are the best solutions to maintain indoor air temperature. You can have one for optimal comfort. However, you will have to consider a few things before going ahead with your decision.
Heat Pumps for Cold Climates
Heat Pumps for Hot Climates
Many places in Victoria BC remain cool. However, there might be a few exceptions. You will have to consider your heating needs to find the best heat pump system. Otherwise, your system will meet the cooling needs instead of heating requirements. A heat pump can be an ideal choice for a Heat Dome.
If you consider a heat pump for coolness, it might make you spend more on your energy bill. Yes, if you do not have an air conditioner or central air unit, a heat pump can increase your energy bill significantly.
Considerations to Switch to Heat Pumps
Consider Your Current Heating System to find the Most Suitable One
When you use electric baseboards for heating:
When you use oil, electric furnace, or central gas for heating:
Your Unique Requirements Will Have the Deciding Role
You will have to check different heat pumps to find the most suitable one based on your unique needs.
While replacing central heating systems:
While replacing for reduced energy bills and more comfort
While replacing for the cooler outdoor temperature and colder climates
How Do You Get A Heat Pump?
A heat pump has these aspects: heating & air conditioning; the electrical installation; and the changes needed to accommodate adding a heat pump to your home or building. Often this starts with getting in touch with a reliable HVAC installer, but that heat pump needs to be wired into your electrical system. That’s where Grifflyn Electric comes in. We are experts. Talk with us and we can help you get going with deploying a heat pump. We’ll do our part to get the electrical element sorted out; and we can get you in touch with an HVAC installer.