What is a Heat Pump, and How Can It Help Me Save Money?


Are you tired of spending all your money on keeping your home at the right temperature?

There is a way to keep perfectly comfortable all year long, and save some extra cash. It’s called an air source heat pump, and it’s one of the best systems a homeowner can get.

What is a Heat Pump?

An air source heat pump is a dual-purpose system that acts as a high-efficiency air conditioner in the summer, and a heater in the winter. They run on electricity, and are capable of either working with your existing ductwork or serving as a ductless system.

We know what you’re thinking: electricity is expensive.

But heat pumps are designed to be more efficient, and will lower the costs for homeowners using propane, oil, or electric furnaces.

How Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work?

The most common example of a heat pump is your refrigerator. It extracts any warm air from inside your fridge, and sends it through the pump and out through the coils at the bottom (or at the back). That’s how your favourite foods stay so nice and cool – and why you may feel a warm spot on the floor in front of your fridge.

Air source heat pumps work the same way: they pull the warmth out of your home in the summer, leaving you nice and cool.

They’re setup exactly like an air conditioner: the refrigerant like R22 is circulated through heat exchangers and a compressor. It even hooks up to your thermostat in the exact same way.

The Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps come with a long list of benefits: most of them you’ll notice immediately.

1. They’re Environmentally-Friendly and Efficient

Air pumps have high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER) that make them incredibly friendly to the environment. They don’t burn fossil fuels, so you’ll reduce your carbon footprint when you use them.

They’re also incredibly efficient. Air source heat pumps have a coefficient of performance (COP) of about 1.8 or higher. That means they’re 180% more efficient than standard electric resistance heaters.

Some can even have a COP of 2.4, which means they’re 240% more efficient!

This makes them great homeowners in the GTA who are on propane, oil, or electric systems.

Sounds Great for Summer – But What About Winter?

The cool part about air source heat pumps is that they can work in reverse: they’ll pull heat from the air outside, and use it to warm your home in the winter.

It’s true: heat can be pulled from the air even when it’s below 0°C.

This sounds well and good. But this is Canada: we know how cold it can get.

You can use air source heat pumps in our winters: but the lower the temperature gets, the less efficient your heat pump becomes.

It’s why we recommend to anyone getting a heat pump that they keep their furnace. “We can program your thermostat so that it will choose the system that will save you the most money,” Dr. HVAC’s owner Brendon Aldridge explains.

You’ll use your furnace a lot less (which means less $$$ on your bills), but you’ll definitely want it on those super cold Canadian winter days.

You can ask us to help you figure out how much a heat pump could save you >

2. You Get 2 Systems in One

This benefit is so great it’s worth mentioning again: you get 2 systems in one! A super-duper high efficiency air conditioner, and an excellent heater the spring and fall.

3. They Last a Long, Long Time

Heat pumps are with you for the long haul. They last between 15 – 20 years with the right care.

Air source heat pumps are also simple to install. But you need the right installation company to avoid costly mistakes and regret.

4. Maintenance for Air Source Heat Pumps is Minimal

The only thing air source heat pumps need to stay operational all year long is an annual maintenance appointment. With our premium maintenance packages, you’ll barely have to think about it.

Now Air Source Heat Pumps Are More Affordable Than Ever

We know what’s holding you back from jumping for joy over this system: the upfront costs.

Air source heat pumps only cost a little more than more conventional air conditioners. And they’re now more affordable than ever thanks to the Green Ontario Fund.

If you use oil, propane, or electric heat, you can qualify for up to $5,800 in rebates.

Dr. HVAC is a certified Green Ontario contractor, and we can walk you through the rebate application process so you get as much money back as possible. Learn more >

Please note: The Green Ontario is is now closed.

Make the Switch with Dr. HVAC Today

Are you ready to start saving real money on your energy bill? We can help you make the switch to the air source heat pump that is right for your home and your needs.

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