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Heat Pumps Calgary

Have you been thinking about ways you can reduce your carbon footprint? Canadians depend on natural gas to heat and cool their homes and in Alberta with a temperature range from -40 to +40 when our weather hits extremes, we depend greatly on natural gas to do the job. But what if there was an alternative? There is. Adding a heat pump to your Calgary home can be a great option to improve your heating and cooling efficiency.

How Heat Pumps Can Heat and Cool Your Home

Our Residential Retrofit Manager, Jeff, was on the Marc and Mandy Show in Calgary to talk about Heat Pumps. Check out Jeff's great explanation on how a heat pump can efficiently heat AND cool your home!

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What is a Heat Pump?

Adding a heat pump to your existing furnace is like adding an electrical assist to your bike. Much like an electric bike helps to conserve your energy for those hard to climb hills, a heat pump helps optimize the heating function of your furnace during those extreme temperature dips in the winter and can also cool your home like an air conditioner in the summer. Plus, a heat pump helps reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of natural gas needed to heat and cool your house.

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How Does a Heat Pump Work?

A heat pump uses thermal energy to extract energy from the air outside and transfers it inside your home. The compressor inside the device uses electricity to increase the temperature of the heat extracted from the outside air. The heat pump can also provide cooling by transferring warm indoor air to the outside. The hot or cold air is then pushed through your home’s regular ducts and vents. In Alberta, heat pumps are most effective when temperatures are between +20 degrees and -20 degrees celsius. During the extreme cold, the furnace will kick in to maintain the heating temperature. The heat pump will properly maintain the cooling in all temperatures.

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Adapting Heat Pumps to our Canadian Climate

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NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) created the following video to help explain how a heat pump works in a Canadian climate.

Facts About Heat Pumps in Alberta

  • In Alberta, a heat pump requires a supplemental heating system. Supplemental heat can be electric resistance or gas to provide heat on the coldest days in winter.
  • Depending on the model, heat pumps can operate very efficiently down to -4F (-20C), although this may vary depending on the balance point (the point when you may need a supplemental heating source). Please note, there is an economic balance point where it becomes more cost effective to switch to the supplemental heating source.
  • The cost benefit of a heat pump is dependent on the COP (the efficiency of a heat pump which varies depending on the outdoor temperature), the cost of electricity, and the cost of an alternate energy source.
  • In Alberta, typically gas is the alternate energy source.
  • If you are generating your own solar electricity you should use a heat pump for as much heat as possible.
  • If your primary heat is from resistance heating (electric furnace) you should add a heat pump to maximize efficiency and reduce heating costs.
  • In some cases, government grants for heat pumps make getting a heat pump less expensive than getting an air conditioner.

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