What is a heat pump

What Is A Heat Pump?

Have you been looking to make some enhancements to your home and save money? Installing a heat pump system may be a fantastic solution to heat and cool your home! Not only will you make an energy-efficient improvement but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint by switching from natural gas to electricity. Today you’ll gain some understanding of what a heat pump system is and how it can benefit you and your wallet.

About Heat Pumps

Heat pumps have been getting widely recognized for being energy-efficient, cost-effective, and useful for our weather patterns in Canada. For those of you who are new to heat pump systems, it’s an all-in-one electronic device which helps move heat from your home from one place to the next. Whether you’re looking to heat or cool your home, your heat pump has the ability to provide comfort all year round. 

To clarify, when you’re looking to heat up your home, the heat pump extracts heat from your external environment and pulls it into your home through the system. And when you need to cool your home during the warmer months, the heat pump removes indoor heat and pulls it outdoors using less power.

Installing a heat pump could cut your carbon emissions by more than 23 tonnes of CO2 over 10 years”

According to EDF Energy

Benefits of Heat Pumps

Compared to traditional heating and cooling systems like furnaces, boilers, and air conditioners, heat pumps are significantly more energy-efficient. In addition, they are notably very productive in transferring heat in and out of your home throughout the year. Let’s get into the benefits of heat pumps:

  • Energy-Efficient: With the ability to move existing heat from one place to the next, your heating and cooling system will effortlessly provide you with the comfort you desire. 
  • Enhanced Indoor Air Quality: Since your heat pump doesn’t use fossil fuels, your indoor air quality dramatically improves. In Kelowna, there are air pollutants that need to be filtered. Wildfire smoke, allergens, and other irritants are filtered effectively with well-maintained heat pumps.
  • Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: You no longer need to depend on fossil fuels to power up your heating and cooling now that you have a heat pump that runs on electricity.
  • Fewer Systems to Manage: It’s important to note that regular service and air filter cleaning is a must! If there are household members who suffer from respiratory issues or are immune-compromised, it’s even more of a necessity to maintain your unit.
  • Reliable Heating and Cooling: Since the heat pump moves warm air from one location to another, you’ll no longer experience temperature fluctuations like with furnaces and boilers. 
  • Cost-Effective: As you may have noticed, your electricity bill is far more affordable than fossil fuels like natural gas. 
Energy Efficiency

You can see why there are countless people around the world who rave about heat pumps. Did you know that it’s been commonly used in much of Asia, Europe, and Australia for decades? It’s only in recent years that Canada has jumped on board with heat pumps. Since Canada has been one of the world’s worst carbon emitters, there’s been a big push to lessen greenhouse gas emissions through programs. Some examples include Clean BC, Greener Homes Initiative, and the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan.

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Save Money and Enhance Your Home with a Heat Pump

The Government of BC and the Government of Canada are offering incredible rebates that make heat pump installations possible without breaking the bank. 

what is a heat pump

Clean BC Better Homes: The City of Kelowna has the Kelowna Heat Pump Top-Up program. You’re able to claim $2000 to switch from fossil fuels to electricity. As long as you’re a resident of Kelowna, you can apply for this!

BC Hydro’s Heat Pump Rebates: If you are eligible, you can redeem a combined amount of up to $11,000 for your heat pump installation. “This includes a $3,000 rebate top-up from BC Hydro, which is in addition to CleanBC’s existing $3,000 rebate. This means eligible applicants can receive a combined rebate of up to $6,000 from BC Hydro and CleanBC in one application while funding lasts.” (2). Make sure you visit the “Product Eligibility” section to find a list of heat pumps that meet the criteria for your rebate.

FortisBC: Whether you’re making the switch from fossil fuels to electricity or you’re replacing an existing heat pump system, you may be eligible to claim your rebate.

Oil to Heat Pump Affordability Program (Greener Homes Initiative): You may be eligible to claim up to $5000 to switch from an oil heating system to an electronic heat pump. Once you’re approved, you’ll receive a cheque upfront to help pay for your expenses.

In Summary

To conclude, heat pumps are a fantastic way to reduce your utility expenses and carbon footprint, thereby enhancing your energy efficiency and cost performance to make your home comfortable! In order for your heat pump to run optimally, it’s always wise to schedule regular service and air filter maintenance. By doing so, you’ll be sure that your indoor air quality is clean and pollutant-free.

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Sourced Cited:
  1. EDF Energy: Lower your home’s carbon footprint with an air source heat pump. Moses, Marta. Nov 12, 2020.
  2. BC Hydro: Heat pump rebates for fuel switching