Clean, efficient home heating is something on the mind of many Nova Scotians during the winter months. But now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep our homes cool and comfortable in the summer months ahead.
“We were in a situation I know many people face,” said Norma of Annapolis Royal. “We bought a house last year and learned we needed to replace the furnace. We looked into getting a new oil furnace, but settled on a heat pump pretty quickly because it means we’re comfortable year-round.”
Heat pumps are perfect for Nova Scotian weather according to David Birtles. “Our winters can be long, and the temperatures can jump around a lot,” said David. “And our summers can be humid and sticky, making air conditioning a welcome relief.” A heat pump takes cold air from outside and transforms it into steady and even heat for your home. In the summer, it acts in reverse – taking the heat and humidity out of your home, and leaving you with cool, comfortable temperatures indoors.
“Only needing to install one system for both heating and air conditioning is great, especially in areas of the Valley that get muggy, hot days. Outside of the heating season when we need it for dehumidifying or cooling,” said Norma, “we’re very grateful to be able to turn it on.”
Rhyno’s Ltd. in Bridgewater has been installing and servicing heat pumps for years, and says that they’re a great option for almost any home. “Today’s improved technology is really versatile,” said David of Rhyno’s. “A ducted system can use the duct work that’s in the home already, or you can choose ductless units for extra easy installation. And our customers love that they get heating and cooling with one easy system.”
“I really think more people should look into getting one,” said Norma. “They just make sense. They’re perfect for our winters and summers here in Nova Scotia, and they’re efficient and reliable. Plus we’ll save money, it’s great.”
How does a Heat Pump work?
In cold weather, heat pumps work by absorbing natural warmth from the outside air and gently distributing it throughout your home. During the warmer months, heat pumps work in reverse to keep your home cool and comfortable by moving heat and humidity from inside your home, outside. The heat pump unit acts as a fully equipped air conditioner. They’re reliable, efficient, and offer the best of both worlds with heating and cooling benefits all in one system.