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  • Writer's pictureMarc Fabbro

Finding the Most Efficient Heating System: Heat Pumps

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

For homeowners seeking the most efficient heating system available, heat pumps are the best candidate. They work on the principle of capturing heat and moving it from place to place, removing it from your home to provide cooling in the summer and bringing in heat from the outdoors for warming in the winter. Heat pumps can be astonishingly efficient, sometimes producing four times as much energy as the electricity that powers them. In general, heat pumps are a good choice for a western maritime climate like that of the Vancouver area.

Heat pumps are also very easy on the environment. Their high efficiency means they use less electricity yet provide effective heating. They do not burn fossil fuels to generate heat, which means they do not generate exhaust gases that could affect the environment. They are very safe to operate, producing no potentially harmful gases such as carbon monoxide.

There are two main types of heat pumps available: air-source and geothermal.

Why High-Efficiency?

The simplest reason to choose a high-efficiency heating system is that it will cost much less to operate than a lower-efficiency model. High-efficiency systems can often cut ongoing expenses by half or more, with the most efficient heating system types lowering bills by up to 70 percent. Even though usually more expensive at the outset, a more efficient system eventually can add up to major savings.

Remember that whatever type of heating system you choose, it must be properly sized to produce the level of heating you need. In this case, the system’s size is its functional capacity to generate heat. Our HVAC professionals conduct a heating load calculation on your home to determine how much heating is needed. With this information, we can find a heating system that will work best for you.

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