Ducted (Air-Source) Heat Pumps
How Heat Pumps Work:
Ducted Heat Pump Systems extracts heat from the air and transfers heat to either the inside or outside of your home depending on the season.
Winter - Heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house.
Summer - Heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors.
Heat Pump Advantages:
Move Heat Rather Than Generate Heat - Heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume. This is possible because a heat pump moves heat from the air rather than converting it from a fuel.
Savings - If you heat with electricity, a heat pump can reduce the amount of electricity you use for heating by up to 60%.
Dehumidify - High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months.
Comfort - Heat pumps deliver constant, even temperatures, and are quiet inside and out.
Durability - With routine maintenance, heat pumps are typically durable and highly reliable. A properly maintained and installed heat pump can deliver service for 20 years or more.
Energy efficiency ratings: SEER and HSPF
Heat pumps have 2 efficiency ratings because they both cool and heat the home:
- SEER (Season Energy Efficient Ration) - is the cooling efficiency, and ranges from 13 to the 20s (it’s rising as technology advances).
- HSPF (Heating System Performance Factor) - is the heating efficiency and ranges from 7.7-10.
For Canadians a higher HSPF rating will have a larger impact on yearly energy bills and cost of operation than what SEER ratings will.