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What You Need To Know About Heat Pumps

Heat pump technology has been around since the 1850s. Over time this technology has become more efficient and helps reduce the carbon footprint of your home. With many incentives to make the switch, it is important to learn what are heat pumps and what they have to offer.

What Are They And How Do They Work?

Heat pumps are heat transfer devices that extract heat from one area and move it to another using a refrigeration cycle. They transport heat from outside sources to interior regions of a building throughout the winter. In hotter weather, the process is reversed, and heat is carried from inside the structure outside. The refrigerant, a chemical substance with the ability to absorb and release heat, is the key component in the process of transferring heat. This process allows it to provide both heating and cooling in a single efficient system when needed. 

Amana heat pump outside

How Are Heat Pumps Different From Furnaces?

Even though they are both heating systems, both differ from each other in very distinct ways. Furnaces burn fuel, like oil, natural gas and propane, to generate heat and distribute the heat produced through ducts to warm interior spaces. (In Canada, heating our homes accounts for 16% of the carbon emissions in the country.) Heat pumps, on the other hand, use electric power to transfer heat from one point to another.

What Are the Benefits of Heat Pumps?

Daikin Fit Heat Pump quiet operation in the backyard.

The unique mechanisms and versatility of these heating devices provide several benefits to users.

  1. Replacing fossil fuel heating systems with electric options will significantly decrease in your household emissions, and improving the energy efficiency of your home heating and cooling can make your home smarter in the process.
  2. Certain models are quieter and are ideal for backyards or highly populated areas. 
  3. There are many grants and rebates available to help cover the cost of switching over to a heat pump.

ServicePlus Heating and Cooling – Expert Heating, Ventilation & Cooling Services

If you are thinking of switching over to a heat pump, please contact us at ServicePlus Heating and Cooling. We offer cost-effective installation services that are quick and efficient. Our team is dedicated and experienced in handling installation all over Ottawa and the surrounding areas. With our help, you will be satisfied with your heating and cooling for as long as you need it.

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