Air source heat pumps absorb natural warmth from the air outside and gently distribute it throughout your home. They are the most efficient type of home heating system and offer the added benefits of air conditioning and summer dehumidification.
A heat pump provides year-round climate control, producing even, comfortable heat in winter and air conditioning in summer. It dehumidifies too, reducing mould and excess moisture. A heat pump also filters the air to reduce irritants that could aggravate breathing problems. And it’s a non-combustible heat source, so it uses no flames, no fuel and produces no fumes.
Heat pumps are as affordable as any other heating system. For every unit of energy used, they can produce over three units of heat. This efficiency makes them cost-effective.
How an air source heat pump works
An air source heat pump uses a refrigerant system and a condenser to absorb heat at one place, and release it at another. The heat pump absorbs heat from the outside air during the heating season and circulates it in your home. In the summer it works in reverse, removing heat and humidity from your home and releasing it outside.
Types of heat pumps
An air source heat pump can provide whole-house heating and cooling when it is fully-ducted throughout the home. These systems are ideal for new home construction, or added to existing forced-air systems. Adding a heat pump to a forced-air furnace will optimize the efficiency of the heating system.
A ductless heat pump (or mini-split system) makes a good retrofit to homes with “non-ducted” heating systems. Since they have no ducts, they avoid the energy losses associated with ductwork of central forced air systems.
Installation, service and maintenance
A properly installed heat pump will maximize the efficiency of your system and provide years of heating and cooling comfort. Nova Scotia Power can recommend manufacturer-approved installers and quality heat pumps that are backed by comprehensive warranties. Once installed, arranging for a qualified firm to service the heat pump will keep it operating at peak efficiency and extend the life of the components. Annual service plans are available from heat pump contractors for approximately the same cost as furnace service plans.
Nova Scotia Power makes owning a heat pump convenient and affordable with easy financing on your power bill.
Find out more
Call us at 428-6774 in HRM or 1-800-428-6774 outside of HRM, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.