The path to better home heating
The average Nova Scotia home spends approximately 60% of its energy budget on home heating. That’s a lot of hard-earned money. But it doesn’t have to be that way. First thing’s first. Before considering your home heating options, we recommend you make sure your home’s insulation and air sealing are up to par. Better insulation and air sealing can help save money by keeping heat inside. They can also make your home more comfortable by eliminating drafts, and reducing noise and humidity. It’s a cost-eff ective upgrade you can do on your own.
The heat pump revolution
Air source heat pumps are one of the fastest growing heating options available today. They use a well-established technology that’s been around for decades and are a great choice if you already have oil or electric as your main heat source.
A smart, safe choice for any season
Heat pumps use no fl ames, no fuel, and produce no fumes. They even filter the air to reduce any irritants that could aggravate breathing problems. And they’re fully reversible – removing heat and humidity during the summer – reducing mould and excess moisture that could lead to problems with your health and home.
What heat pump is right for you?
Heat pumps come in ducted and ductless mini-split versions. If your home is a new construction, or already has ducting installed, a ducted model is right for you. Ductless mini-splits do not require ducts, so they’re perfect for retrofi ts in homes with non-ducted heating systems like hot water baseboard, electric baseboard, or space heaters. Ductless units can also be installed just about anywhere – including walls or ceilings. And your home can have multiple units, so you can set individual temperature preferences in each room.
To learn more about how a heat pump can work for you and get in touch with a local contractor, visit HeatPumpsSetYouFree.ca
How does a Heat Pump work?
Heat pumps work by absorbing natural warmth from the outside air and gently distributing it throughout your home. When you choose an ENERGY STAR rated model you can expect it to work as low as -20 degrees Celsius outside (and beyond, depending on your make and model). When outside temperatures dip below that level, then and only then, does your other fuel system kick in. You’ll get a more natural, even and cozy heat and save money on oil or electric costs.