Debunking Widespread Myths Regarding Heat Pumps
- January 21, 2023
- Posted by: Atel Air
- Category: Heating, Home Comfort, HVAC System Advice
Heat pumps have often been met with misconceptions and confusion.
Heat pumps often face various misconceptions, leading to people doubting their efficiency and reliability. What many people don’t realize is that heat pumps have evolved significantly due to a number of innovations. In the paragraphs below, we answer questions and clear up the myths and misunderstandings about heat pumps.
MYTH #1: HEAT PUMPS ARE NOISY
The loud noise that some heat pumps produce was a concern in the past. But the heat pump options on the market today have largely eliminated this problem. For example, ductless heat pumps are renowned for being among the quietest HVAC systems available. Central heat pump systems can be outfitted with noise-dampening features by a professional HVAC technician, such as mufflers and insulated compressors. If noise is a priority, take a look at the decibel ratings. Central heat pumps with a lower decibel rating (typically below 60 dB) are the quietest option.
MYTH #2: HEAT PUMPS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
Considering a heat pump can be a daunting prospect when taking into account the initial cost is higher than an A/C or furnace. Nonetheless, two crucial aspects of the price should be taken into account. Firstly, heat pumps are capable of performing the tasks of five distinct machines: air conditioners, room air filters, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, and heaters. If an individual were to replace both their A/C and furnace, the costs could add up significantly. This makes a heat pump installation price considerably more affordable in comparison (note that pricing is variable due to equipment quality and installation fees).
A heat pump also offers the potential for cost savings through reduced energy consumption. When considering this, it quickly becomes clear that switching from a less efficient HVAC system to a heat pump would more than pay for itself within a few short years. On top of this, ongoing savings are assured for years to come.
Waiting a few years to start enjoying the cost savings of a high-efficiency heat pump may not be an option for some people. Luckily, the federal government is offering generous rebates to reduce the initial cost.
MYTH #3: HEAT PUMPS DON’T WORK IN COLD CLIMATES LIKE EASTERN ONTARIO
Homeowners may be reluctant to switch to a heat pump as they fear it won’t sufficiently warm their residence in colder climates. Ten years ago, these anxieties would have been legitimate as the effectiveness of a heat pump relies upon the ambient outdoor temperature.
In the past decade, heat pump technology has advanced substantially. Heat pumps that are optimized for colder climates are now capable of performing efficiently in temperatures as low as -25°C. Not only do these pumps operate effectively, but they also save residents in natural gas and propane costs annually when switching from a furnace. Consequently, investing in modern, efficient, and cold-weather-rated heat pumps is an intelligent decision, even in colder climates.
SHOULD I GET A HEAT PUMP?
Switching from a fossil fuel furnace to a heat pump could provide a host of advantages, including lower costs in the long term, decreased environmental impacts and improved quality of life. So, does using a heat pump meet the criteria? Generally, it does: electric heat pumps are so efficient that they can provide families with savings of hundreds of dollars in energy each year, they can reduce carbon emissions in Canadian households, and they are effective in cooling and heating regardless of the climate – except when temperatures drop to below -30°C. If you’d like to find out more about heat pump options for your home, Atel Air can offer assistance. Reach out to learn more about the benefits of switching to a heat pump.