Save money and live in comfort, year-round
Over the last few years, heat pumps have gained a reputation as one of the most energy efficient and cost-effective ways to heat a home. However, when most homeowners in Atlantic Canada learn about how heat pumps work, the question becomes whether heat pumps work in Atlantic Canada during our cold winters.
On a basic level, heat pumps work by moving heat from one place to another. When it’s too hot in your home, it moves the heat from your home to outdoors. When it’s cold, it pulls in heat from outdoors to warm your home.
If you know anything about what winter is like in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, or Newfoundland and Labrador, you probably immediately wonder how heat pumps can keep your home warm when it’s cold out.
While it may not feel like it, there’s still a lot of heat energy in the air in the winter, and some Daikin heat pumps can function effectively in temperatures as low as -27°C. While winters here can definitely be unpleasant, it’s rare for Atlantic Canadians to experience temperatures lower than that.
However, it does happen from time to time. On exceptionally cold days, you will likely need an additional heat source to keep your home comfortable. That’s where hybrid heat pumps come in.
What are hybrid heat pumps?
Hybrid heat pump systems consist of a heat pump combined with a more traditional heating system—often a gas condensing boiler. At most temperatures, the electric heat pump system will keep your home perfectly comfortable. Once the outside temperature dips below a certain threshold, the other system will kick in and ensure that your home stays warm.
By only resorting to the additional heating system when it’s exceptionally cold outside, hybrid heat pumps are still an exceptionally energy-efficient heating source. Most homeowners in the Atlantic provinces who replace their furnaces with a heat pump see extremely significant savings in their annual heating bills, and this is just as true for hybrid systems as it is for other heat pumps.
Reliable savings and a smaller footprint
Whether your biggest concern is lowering the cost of your home heating or reducing your carbon footprint (or, like most of us, a bit of both), heat pumps are an ideal choice. Compared to traditional heating sources, such as oil or gas furnaces, or even electrical baseboard heating, heat pumps are much more energy efficient. That means that even if you’re getting your electricity from fossil fuels, like most of us do in Atlantic Canada, you’re still using much less energy to heat your home.
Even aside from the environmental benefits, this increased efficiency means that you’re paying much less to heat your home every month. Hybrid heat pumps are a win-win-win for Atlantic Canadian homeowners. You get to help the environment, save money every month, and live in comfort all year round.