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Ottawa’s Guide To Buying The Best Heat Pump For Your Home

Ottawa’s Guide To Buying The Best Heat Pump For Your Home

If you live in Ottawa and are in search of an efficient alternative method to heat and cool your home, it’s worthwhile to consider a heat pump. This eco-friendly source of heating and cooling is clean, quiet, and energy-efficient.

ADDED BONUS: heat pump installation may qualify you for a grant of up to $5000 from the Government of Canada.

Sounds great so far! But at this point, you may still not be convinced about heat pumps. How exactly do they work, and would a heat pump make sense for your home?

Read on to find the answers to all your heat pump questions.

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How Do Heat Pumps Work?

mitsubishi ductless AC promoHeat pumps work by means of heat transfer with the help of refrigerant and electricity. In the winter, they extract existing heat from the air, soil, or water (the source) and move it into your home.

The fact that a heat pump does not actually create heat offers you a large number of advantages:

  • Energy-efficiency, up to 140 percent
  • Safety (no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, natural gas leak, or explosion)
  • Sustainability (will not be used up like fossil fuels)
  • Money-saving due to lower utility bills

In Canada, it is usually necessary to have a  supplemental heat source due to our extremely cold winters. This can be accomplished with a heat pump and furnace/air handler combination in the case of a forced-air system, or a small electric auxiliary heater in the case of a Ductless Mitsubishi heat pump system.

Mitsubishi heat pumps are built with Hyper-Heat Inverter (H2i)™ technology and can provide heat right down to -30C in most models.

As your heat pump will provide a large proportion of home heating, you will benefit from substantial energy savings.

Are There Different Types Of Heat Pumps?

Yes, there are 3 types of heat pumps — air source, water source and geothermal. The main difference is not in their method of operation but rather their heat source.

Air-Source Heat Pump

Air-source heat pumps can be ducted or ductless systems. An air-source heat pump moves heat from the outdoor air to the air inside your residence to provide heating and moves the heat outside to provide cooling.

These systems are quiet, affordable and energy-efficient.

Ducted. These systems work very similarly to a central air conditioner and furnace forced-air system. You will have an indoor coil in the furnace area and an outdoor unit.

Ductless. These systems have a heat exchanger and a blower in a contained package. They often have multiple heads mounted on the interior walls of the home, as well as an outdoor unit.

Water-Source Heat Pump

Water source heat pumps draw water through their system to extract heat from the liquid. Either groundwater (well) or a nearby body of water is used to provide the heat supply. Water source heat pumps are not common in the Ottawa area.

Geothermal Heat Pump

Geothermal heat pumps or ground source heat pumps extract energy from the soil. These systems are complex and costly to install and repair. For these reasons, geothermal systems are not common in Ottawa.

Are Heat Pumps Efficient?

Yes, heat pumps are extremely efficient. Although a small amount of electricity is necessary to power the system, a heat pump will produce more energy than it consumes — resulting in an impressive energy efficiency rate of up to 140 percent. No other kind of HVAC system can compare.

To maximize efficiency and comfort, it is advised to select a variable-speed heat pump rather than a single-speed heat pump. The former adjusts its speed according to the demand for heating or cooling in your home at that moment.

Cold climate heat pumps are another extremely efficient and quiet option, with some models able to heat down to -30C.

Are There Rebates For Heat Pumps?

Once again, the answer is yes. The Canada Greener Homes Grant is being offered in 2022. There are two parts to this grant:

  • An initial EnerGuide evaluation, followed by expert advice (a value of up to $600) as to the best energy efficient retrofits for your home
  • A rebate of as much as $5,000, awarded to homeowners once their energy-efficient retrofits and post-retrofit evaluation have been completed

Heat pump installation is classified as an energy-efficient retrofit for the purpose of the Greener Homes Grant.

Do I Need To Worry About Sizing A Heat Pump?

Correct sizing is vital, in order to maximize the energy efficiency and comfort that result from using a heat pump.

Installing an undersized heat pump means that you won’t enjoy the maximum energy savings. Your system will have to fall back on the supplemental heating method more frequently.

An overly large heat pump will operate inefficiently in warmer weather. It will short-cycle and produce excess heat.

How Often Should I Perform Maintenance On My Heat Pump?

Your heat pump maintenance schedule is similar to what you’d do for a forced-air furnace. Here’s what will be necessary to keep your system running efficiently:

At least once a month: Check the system filter and clean or change as necessary.

Once a year: Have your heat pump professionally inspected and tuned up. We will ensure your heat pump is operating at the high efficiency it’s designed for, and that any minor issues that can arise will be taken care of promptly.

To ensure expert maintenance at an affordable price, consider enrolling in our Ottawa Home Services protection plan. Membership includes an annual HVAC tuneup and priority heat pump repair service at a very affordable price.

We Trust And Recommend These 3 Brands Of Heat Pumps:

MitsubishiMitsubishi logo

Mitsubishi is the industry leader in Cold Climate pumps, with their Zuba Central and Ductless models.

Known for their Hyper-heat technology, the Cold Climate heat pumps are capable of heating, down to -30C in some models. All Mitsubishi models are extremely quiet, and have a narrow footprint of around 13 inches for their outdoor units, making them a solid choice when space is at a premium.

Zuba units are available in a central ducted solution, added to an existing forced-air ducting system. These systems are made up of an indoor air handler, and an outdoor unit.

Zuba ductless units are also available. These systems are made up of indoor heads mounted on the wall, and an outdoor unit. You will often see these systems in older neighbourhoods with boilers and radiators, such as the Glebe, Ottawa South and downtown, where ductwork installation is impossible, or cost-prohibitive. They are also a great solution for homes with existing baseboard heaters.

When installed by Ottawa Home Services, a reputable Mitsubishi dealer, Mitsubishi units come with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Most models of Mitsubishi heat pumps qualify for the Canada Greener Homes Grant, particularly the Cold Climate models. 

Carrier LogoCarrier

A Carrier heat pump, used in tandem with a Carrier/Comfortmaker furnace as your backup source of heat, will provide a highly efficient, cost-effective and comfortable HVAC solution.

Carrier / Comfortmaker heat pumps offer a range of excellent heating and cooling efficiencies.

Most models are EnergyStar certified.

Quiet operation, ozone-friendly refrigerant, and a 10-year manufacturer warranty on parts are all additional perks from these top brands.

Some Carrier models qualify for the Canada Greener Homes Grant when installed with a qualifying Carrier furnace air handler.

LennoxLennox Small Logo

Lennox understands our Canadian climate… and their heat pumps prove it.

Their heat pumps can handle below zero weather with ease, with their solid construction and rustproof coating.

Lennox heat pumps are available in an assortment of energy efficiencies.

All models boast eco-friendly refrigerant, quiet performance, and an excellent warranty.

To top it off, most Lennox heat pumps are iComfort Wi-Fi® thermostat compatible.

Talk With Ottawa’s Heat Pump Experts

We know heat pumps — and we know Ottawa’s climate. We professionally install, repair, and maintain heat pumps for many homes in the Ottawa area, like yours.

Talk to us about the best, most energy-efficient heat pump options for your home today!

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