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Heat Pumps: A Solution for Homes That Don’t Have Access to Natural Gas

For homeowners who don’t have access to natural gas, we can provide both heating and cooling with air-source heat pumps.

Air-source heat pumps can be used to expel heat from a home during the summer months, but they are also capable of extracting heat from the outside winter air during the winter months, even when temperatures reach as low as -30 C. What’s equally remarkable is that they can do this without ducts. This particular feature makes these heat pumps especially useful for retrofit purposes in homes with hydronic or electric resistance baseboard heating. Additionally, air-source heat pumps can be used in such a way as to provide different temperatures in different rooms of the home. This “multi-room” zoning can enable the use of several wall-mounted units using just one outside condenser.

One quickly begins to appreciate the many applications of air-source heat pumps in both summer and winter months, with advantages that are especially beneficial for homes that don’t have access to natural gas. Even for homes using a propane furnace or an oil furnace, a heat pump is a good thing to have — and the total actual benefits of air-source heat pumps are considerable:

•    Energy savings: In cases when converting from an electric furnace, an all-electric air-source heat pump can save as much as 50 per cent of heating costs!

•    Maintenance: Regular maintenance is important in reaping the benefits of the most efficient and cost-wise energy usage, and the proper servicing to inspect, clean, and upkeep filters, coils, fans and other parts of the unit can ensure optimum use.

•    Efficiency: By following regular basic servicing, you’ll find air-source heat pumps to be remarkably efficient.

•    Operational costs: The operating energy costs of air-source heat pumps is often lower than other heating methods, such as traditional electric or oil heating systems.

•    Unit duration: The service life for air-source heat pumps is typically 15 to 20 years!

Further reading can be done on Natural Resources Canada’s web page, Air-Source Heat Pumps, which contains such info as how air-source heat pumps work, the parts of the system, energy efficiency considerations, and more.

Air-source heat pumps offer some impressive, convenient applications. If you live in the region of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, or Galt, Hespeler, Breslau or Guelph, give us a call at 519-632-7116, or toll-free at 1-844-632-7116, to learn more and get a quote.

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