Why Heat Pumps Are a Smart Choice

April 15, 2020

Heat pumps, which offer both heating and cooling functions, can keep your Oshawa-area house comfortable all year. If you’ve never had central air conditioning before or you need to replace both your furnace and your air conditioner, a heat pump could be a wise decision for your home comfort needs. Here are several reasons why heat pumps are a smart choice for many homeowners.

Energy Efficiency

Instead of generating heat, a heat pump moves it. This boosts the system’s energy efficiency during the long, chilly Canadian winters. When the overnight winter temperatures are extremely cold, the heat pump’s backup heating system kicks in, allowing it to supplement the air-source heat with electrical resistance heating. It only does this when the outdoor temperature drops to about -12 degrees Celsius. Modern heat pumps with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of at least 14 and a heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) of at least 8.7 can lower your heating/cooling costs by about 50% compared to a traditional furnace and central air conditioning system. For northern climates, it’s best to choose the highest HSPF heat pump that fits into your budget.

Improved Humidity Control

Summers in Oshawa can get pretty humid. When the humidity level in your house is too high, you’ll feel uncomfortable. Heat pumps draw humidity out of the air during their cooling cycles. The system condenses humidity out of the air and drains it away as water through the drain pan and condensate pipe. You’ll feel more comfortable at ideal humidity levels of 40% to 50%. Proper humidity control also curbs the growth of mould and mildew in your home, which helps to maintain better indoor air quality.

Zoned Climate Control

If different people in your household prefer different temperatures, you could select a mini-split or ductless heat pump system. These systems forego air ducts, which improves their energy efficiency. They also allow you to set up two or more temperature zones in your residence. Each zone has its own thermostat. The indoor condensers all connect to one outdoor compressor. You can heat or cool your bedroom at a different temperature than your living areas, resulting in better comfort and lower utility bills than if you had to heat or cool your entire house to that temperature.

Enhanced Safety

A heat pump doesn’t require a flue, which is a duct for smoke and waste gases. This is because heat pumps use electricity to power the motor and air blower. No natural gas or propane is burned in order to heat your property. You won’t have to worry about a blocked flue or carbon monoxide leak with a heat pump. Furthermore, heat pumps don’t have a pilot light. This also keeps you safer since there’s no need to relight a flame.

Heating and Cooling in One System

With a heat pump, you just need one system for year-long comfort. This means lower installation costs compared to a separate furnace and central air conditioning system. Heat pumps simply reverse the cycle in the summer, allowing them to withdraw warm, humid air from your home and replace it with fresh air that’s cooled. Heat pumps also have minimal maintenance requirements. They stay cleaner inside because they don’t burn fossil fuels. A springtime tune-up and an autumn tune-up ensure efficient operation.

Quiet Operations

Heat pumps cycle quietly. Their air blowers make a minimal amount of noise as they send heated or cooled air through your home’s air ducts. If you opt for a ductless system, the only sound you’ll hear is the whirring of the motor and fan from the outdoor unit.

Convenient Features

A new heat pump works with modern programmable and smart thermostats. Our technicians at Comfort Masters Ltd. can install this for you at the same time as the installation of your heat pump. Programmable thermostats allow you to set a heating or cooling schedule in advance. Smart thermostats use your house’s Wi-Fi and have algorithms for learning your schedule, allowing them to maximize efficiency and comfort without you having to do a thing.

At Comfort Masters Ltd., our HVAC technicians also offer maintenance, repairs, and installation services for all makes and models of heating and air conditioning systems. Our maintenance plans, indoor air quality solutions, gas fireplace installations, tankless water heaters, and air exchange and air filtration systems are designed with your comfort in mind. Call us at Comfort Masters Ltd. today to learn more about why heat pumps could be the right choice for your Oshawa home’s heating and cooling needs.