A heat pump is an apparatus that transfers heat from one location to another. The name is a little misleading since heat pumps allow you to not only heat your home but also cool and dehumidify your house during the hot summer months. In the winter, a heat pump transfers the outside hot air inside your home while in the summer, the inside hot air is transferred outside your home. It basically works like a refrigerator except it actually decides automatically where the heat is being pushed depending on the temperature setting in your home.
In the region of Montreal, heat pumps are usually used as bi-energy heating. In most cases, the other source of heat comes from a heating oil furnace when the heat pump can no longer work efficiently when it is too cold. Therefore, buying a heat pump is a green alternative since it is much better for the environment. When the outside temperature is colder than approximately -12°C, the oil furnace will be heating your home completely since the heat pump will no longer be efficient.
How does a heat pump work?
Like mentioned above, a heat pump transfers heat from one location to another rather than create heat from a fossil fuel. The heat transfer automatically switches direction depending on the temperature you set inside. So if it is a hot summer day, your heat pump will transfer the hot air from inside your house to outside and if it is a cold winter day, it will transfer the hot air particles from outside to inside your home. The hot air can be found and transferred at almost any temperature except extreme freezing temperatures but other factors such as humidity influences this as well.
How much can I save with a heat pump?
We believe in offering the best value for our customers and we feel that it is best to switch to bi-energy heating today in 2015 if you are not willing to convert to 100% electric (which is also a service we can provide you with). Not only will you save money in the long run with a heat pump, you will reduce green house gas emissions that contribute to global warming. A heat pump will save you money and pay for itself in the long run.
If you are considering saving money in the long run with the purchase of a heat pump and want to find out more about which type of model is best for you, visit our heat pump page and call a Platinum Air expert that will provide you with the best solutions to your needs.