Heat pump systems are an energy-efficient alternative or way to supplement a traditional gas furnace. A heat pump can provide additional heating and cooling power to your home and when paired with your existing system and reduce the amount of stress and usage demand and promote significant energy savings.
WHAT IS A HEAT PUMP?
Heat pumps are electrical appliances that perform both heating and cooling functions by extracting heat from the ground when it’s cold outside or drawing heat from the air in order to cool your home down. Most types of heat pumps consist of an outdoor unit and an indoor evaporator coil, like a central air conditioner.
Heat pumps are not new. Air conditioners and refrigerators both harness heat pump technology to draw out heat and re-circulate cooler air. However, it’s only recently that heat pump systems have started to gain traction as heating and cooling systems here in the GTA.
A heat pump can supply heat to your home even on the coldest days, since there is always some heat to be extracted from the ground and the air outside. It can be a year-round climate control solution that provides warmth in the winter and cool air in the summer.
INSTALLATION, REPLACEMENT, AND REPAIR
Installing a heat pump is a great first step to increasing your energy efficiency. We can help you choose from a variety of options for your budget and that pair well with your existing systems.
Installing a heat pump can help you lower your gas and electric bills. It is possible to reduce your heating costs by up to 50% by converting from an electric furnace to an efficient heat pump. Heat pumps can also boost the efficiency of your existing HVAC system by providing supplementary heat.
In our climate, a heat pump cannot replace a furnace outright. As the outdoor temperature drops, so does the heat pump’s ability to absorb heat, so it can only supply part of the heat required to keep your home comfortable at low temperatures. The system’s energy-efficiency also declines with the temperature.
SIGNS THAT YOUR HEAT PUMP MAY NEED REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT
Does it feel like your system isn’t working as well as it used to? There’s a good chance the problem can be easily repaired. Call us for a same-day or next-day diagnostic appointment if you notice any of the following signs:
- Spike in your energy bill
- Excessive noise level
- Drop in heating and cooling power
- Constant cycling / frequent switching on and off
- If your system is around 15 years old
BENEFITS OF REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Like any other mechanical system, a heat pump wears down over time and use and may need occasional repair. Proper maintenance will help to ensure that your new heat pump works as efficiently as possible for the duration of its service life (between 15 and 20 years with good maintenance.)
For heat pump systems, regular maintenance should include:
- Inspecting and cleaning the system’s filters and coils to ensure clear airflow through the system
- Cleaning and lubricating the fan motor as required
- Checking for incorrect pulley setting, incorrect motor speeds or loose fan belts
- Inspecting and cleaning the ductwork connected to the system to ensure that airflow is not restricted
There are a number of benefits to having a professional perform a yearly maintenance check:
- Ensure that every part of your system is functioning correctly, reducing the chance of an unexpected breakdown (and the repair costs that come along with it!)
- Reliable air conditioning during the hottest days
- Lower energy bills as you run your furnace less often in the winter
- Longer life for your heat pump unit so you get the most out of your money
- Efficient performance year-round, saving on annual energy costs for years to come
Our annual service plans are the most affordable way to ensure your heat pump maintenance is covered. You can also call us to book a one-time maintenance appointment with our professional heating and cooling technicians.