To many of us, heating our homes can seem like a mystery. Furnaces clank and hum in our basements, and our electric baseboards aren’t always sufficient. It’s a challenge many Nova Scotians face: How do I stay warm and comfortable but keep my home heating bills affordable?
One teacher in Cape Breton has solved her mystery: She purchased a home with a heat pump.
“I always know what’s going on with it,” said Sandra Leblanc. “What heats my home isn’t a big mystery. And my bills are never a surprise anymore.”
“When I was shopping for my house in Sydney, I did a lot of research. When I learned more about heat pumps, it really seemed like the right fit.” Sandra’s heat pump means her home is energy efficient and easy for her to take care of.
Dave Wilkie of J. Wilkie Mechanical Inc. has been installing heat pumps for almost 25 years. And while heat pumps have been around for decades, they are growing in popularity in the Maritimes. “We’re selling more and more of these units,” said Dave. “People want convenience, and there’s virtually no hassle with a heat pump. And many people save a bundle on their heating costs.”
Heat pumps capture cold air from outside and transform it into heat for your home, and according to Dave, they are one of the most efficient and effective ways to keep your house warm. They provide even, steady heat in the winter and cooling in the summer.
Increasing oils costs continue to impact Nova Scotians, including Sandra and her family. “I’m a single mom, with a son and two teenage Screaming Eagles players staying with me. I need something that’s cost-effective and comfortable. Having a heat pump means I don’t need to worry about my boys turning up the heat. It’s an excellent choice for my lifestyle.”