Hello! Here’s a comment with some extra info on efficiency and the metering devices used in heat pumps. First: my wording on the efficiency drop in the cold was sloppy, and it sounds like I’m suggesting the need for defrosting is the only reason it loses efficiency. It is a reason, but not the […]
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Whether you use natural gas, propane, or heating oil for your boiler and furnace, this winter might be quite expensive. Depending on the fuel you use and where you live, you may be able to reduce your heating expenses by installing a modern HVAC equipment.
Prices are rising and will most certainly continue to rise. The cost of heating fuels such as propane, natural gas, and heating oil is expected to rise by at least 33%.
Rising energy prices reflect a worldwide energy crunch, as recovering economies struggle to scale up their output quickly enough after delaying capital investments.
Extreme weather patterns have also resulted in relatively low renewable energy generation in certain places, aggravating the shortages. So, if you’re concerned about your winter heating bills, there may be more you can do to protect yourself than block up poorly insulated places and replace your furnace filter.
Ductless heat pumps are getting a lot of attention these days. They are prevalent in European houses, and an increasing number of Canadian homeowners are deciding to install this highly efficient heating option as well.
The question is, how much can they actually save? An electrically heated house saves 50-60% on average. The calculation is simple: an electric baseboard provides 1 kWh of heat for every kWh of electricity consumed. A heat pump produces 3 kWh of heat for every kWh of electricity consumed. Heat pumps use electricity to operate, but they are far more efficient than the electric resistance heating systems that most households are familiar with, such as space heaters and baseboard heating. Heat pumps redistribute heat that is already present in the outside rather than immediately turning electrical energy into heat using electric resistance heating or converting heat from fossil fuels through combustion.
When comparing oil, gas, or wood heating sources, the age and thus efficiency of the furnace must be taken into account. Other house-specific factors that influence expected energy savings are, to mention a few, the energy rating of the heat pump, the size of the home, wall insulation, room temperature settings, occupancy, and the layout of the house.
According to a study of air to air (A2A) heat pumps in Canadian cities, replacing an oil or gas furnace can provide households with energy savings anywhere between 57 to 81 percent. This is remarkably significant, and it’s no wonder that more and more people are looking for houses that have these features.
Heat pumps are a tested technology that can be installed in a single day. They work well as a supplement to electric baseboard heaters or existing oil or gas furnaces. To supplement hydronic heating systems, wood stoves, or electric baseboard heaters, you might consider a wall-mounted mini split unit.
When compared to other kinds of heating, installing a heat pump is very affordable. While your monthly energy bill is instantly lowered, it takes an average of 1-5 years to return the initial investment cost, depending on the size and use of the system.
Technological improvements in recent years have resulted in the development of cold climate air source heat pumps. They use R-410A refrigerant to transfer heat from the outside (even at -30°C air has a heat content) inside your house. This means that free heat energy is harvested right at your home. Heat pumps save money because they produce more heat energy than they consume: 1 kWh of electric power is converted into 3 kWh of heat.
Unlike furnaces, which require central ductwork, and boilers, which distribute heat through radiators,; ductless heat pumps can be simply integrated into your home. Ductless heat pumps require just a minimal amount of outside area for the compressor and short copper pipe connections to the indoor units (evaporators) that provide heating or cooling to each room. Ductless heat pumps are a popular choice among consumers since they eliminate losses caused by ducting and can serve specific areas of the home. Furthermore, your home does not need to be connected to a natural gas pipeline in order to have access to low-cost heating.
They have the potential to minimize your carbon footprint. As we transition to a cleaner electric grid, powering the heating industry will be critical to reduce emissions. Heat pumps have the potential to completely decarbonize heating energy usage in the residential and commercial building sectors when combined with renewable technologies such as solar or wind. For the first time, you may keep your apartment warm this winter guilt-free by not using fossil fuels. Heat pumps might just be the best option for you.
Installing a heat pump is a great decision if your current heating system is old and needs to be replaced, or if you want to supplement your existing HVAC system with a more efficient alternative.
Your home is one of the biggest investments you can make. But that doesn’t mean you want to pour money into it unless it’ll pay off or improve your living conditions. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at a home energy retrofit program and how adding a new Bosch residential heat pump might actually not cost you as much as you think.
What is a heat pump?
Let’s keep this super simple. A heat pump is part of the HVAC family. It can be used to heat or cool individual areas of your home. And while it might sound counterintuitive to call it a heat pump, the name is a reflection of what the system does.
Long story short, the heat pump pulls in warm air from outside and distributes it indoors in the winter. But, in the summer, it works in reverse by pulling warm air from inside and pumping it out of your home to keep you cool.
Heat pump vs. furnace
While they both do the same thing in colder months of the year, there are a few key differences between these two systems, including:
- Furnaces are usually larger and take up a bit more space to accommodate for needing a bigger system to generate heat — unlike a heat pump which draws heat in from the outdoors
- Heat pumps can heat and cool your home, so it’s two systems in one
- Furnaces are centralized and need proper a proper duct system throughout the home to operate effectively
- Heat pumps are more energy efficient
Now that the basics are covered, let’s dive into the Canada Greener Homes Grant and how you can get a heat pump government rebate.
How to get Government of Canada rebates for home renovations
Upgrading your home isn’t cheap. Sure, there are cheap renovations to increase your home value and retrofit solutions that make an impact. But a retrofit and some cosmetic remodelling of your home are a bit different from each other.
We know that remodelling covers just about any type of simple home renovation… but what does retrofit mean? Well, it usually means that you’ve left DIY territory. A retrofit usually refers to improving a main system in your home. They require a professional to handle the assessment and installation of energy-efficient upgrades. And if you’re thinking, “how can I get free money from the Canadian Government for retrofit solutions,” luckily, there’s a home renovation grant for that.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant is the most recent of Canada’s energy efficiency programs and was created to give back up to $5,000 (plus $600 in some cases) to homeowners across the country who make their homes more efficient. But what exactly does that mean? Well, it’s not as intimidating as it seems. There are a few steps to follow. Just keep in mind that you won’t really be able to DIY this one yourself. It requires:
- An inspection/green home energy audit to evaluate your home’s current efficiency
- Official recommendations that you can follow
- Installation of at least one of the eligible recommendations (like Bosch climate 5000 installations)
- And finally, a follow-up inspection/green home energy audit to see if your home’s efficiency has improved
Naturally, this is a more serious job, so you wouldn’t want to give this a try yourself and risk not qualifying for the rebate. For example, Bosch Climate 5000 installation isn’t something YouTube can guide you through. It requires a professional with experience and qualified equipment to get the job done right. So if you’re thinking about upgrading your home’s HVAC to cash in on the energy efficiency retrofit program, better look into hiring a professional.
Why choose Bosch thermotechnology?
Well, owning a Bosch is always a good decision because it’s among the best and most efficient heat pump manufacturers available today. With quality design and a 10-year Bosch warranty, and now it’s part of the Canada energy savings rebate program, it’s hard to think of a better option when applying for a heat pump government rebate. After all, you want to make sure you have the best heating and cooling system when it comes to retrofitting your home’s HVAC. But here’s a few more reasons.
Air handler unit that’s whisper quiet
One negative in the heat pump vs furnace debate has been that furnaces are generally quieter. But, technology has come a long way in a short time. For example, the Bosch climate 5000 specs for the air handler states that it won’t get louder than about 20 dB — that’s as quiet as a whisper or some rustling leaves. Hard to chalk that up to being too noisy.
High efficiency heat pump
Another big positive to come out of the Bosch climate 5000 reviews is that it’s very energy efficient. Besides a low SEER rating, this system was made to outperform other heating and cooling options. The reason is that these air handlers are best suited for spot heating and cooling — so less energy is wasted. And that means you can enjoy the benefits of Canada energy efficiency rebates as well as comfortable temperatures and lower monthly bills.
Finding the right help in the middle of the night can be tricky. There are certain things you need to think about before hiring someone to handle your emergency mini-split repair needs. Yes, it’s hard to plan for an emergency – since they’re random – but here are 3 things to ask yourself.
Top Questions Before Hiring Someone For Emergency Mini-Split Repair
Even when your main source of heat goes out in your home on a cold day, hiring the wrong person to fix it could leave you worse off than when you started. Make sure they pass the test by taking these few things into account.
How many years of experience do they have?
This is a basic requirement for just about any service. You’ll want to see if the company you select has done this type of work before. Hiring a novice may be cheaper at first, but could cost you much more if the job is done poorly. It’s always best to lean on experience when searching for emergency mini-split repair.
Check for online reviews
We’re in the age of everyone wanting to be heard, which means people usually leave their comments for others to read about a service. Use this to your advantage. Skimming through reviews online can give you a better idea of what to expect from the company you hire.
How much of Toronto and the GTA do they serve?
The bigger the service area, the more people they have on their team. This is good if you’re hoping for speedy service. More people mean they can dispatch people when you need them – instead of waiting weeks for help.
Ductless Air Passes The Test For Emergency Mini-Split Repair
For more than 30 years, Ductless Air has served homeowners in Toronto and the GTA. We know a thing or two about repairs, installation, and maintenance of your home’s HVAC systems. When your mini-split isn’t working properly, just call 647-547-9207 . Our team is available 24/7 and can dispatch someone within a few hours of taking your call. A technician can be on-site to diagnose the issue at hand before discussing your options with you so you can make informed decisions. After all, emergency mini-split repair should be taken care of quickly, so you’re not left out in the cold. No one knows this better than our team. Call today if you need emergency mini-split repair.
My name is Amir, and I just want to share my experience with those who might be looking for a good HVAC service to call last minute.
The winter of 2016 was a bit of a rough one for Toronto and the GTA. With frequent storm warnings and deep freezes, our mini-split was getting a bit of a workout trying to keep us warm in our 1-bedroom condo with a den. For the most part it held up just fine, but it wasn’t the newest model by any means. In fact, it was probably as old our building, which is to say it needed to be replaced sooner than later. I don’t know about you, but I just didn’t have the money to replace it just yet. We took our chances and sure enough, when the deep freeze of February hit, the unit gave out.
Naturally, I wanted to fix this right away. Only trouble was, there are a ton of options for HVAC repairs out there. I for one have no clue what makes one better than another. Worst of all, it was too cold to really sit around and weigh our options. Luckily, I asked a neighbour across the hall who just had his mini-split replaced for a recommendation. She swore by Ductless Air.
I gave them a call and I’m glad I did. They were friendly and seemed to know their stuff – asking me about my condo, the mini-split, and how often we use it. I was really surprised with how quick they could dispatch someone to my place to handle the repairs. Little did I know they offered 24-hour mini-split repair. The whole issue was resolved fairly quickly and I was so impressed that I actually had them come back to quote me for installing a new mini-split in the spring. I definitely recommend Ductless Air for 24-hour mini-split repair. I wouldn’t trust anyone else!
24-Hour Mini-Split Repair When You Need It Most
Ductless Air has helped homeowners in Toronto and the GTA for more than 30 years now, and we’re not stopping anytime soon. Just give us a call at 647-547-9207 for 24-hour mini-split repair, furnace maintenance, or just about any other HVAC need you may have. Our team is always standing by to take your call, answer your questions and provide you with real options so you can make informed decisions. Call today to get started.