Heat Pumps Are Having a Moment: Is This HVAC Tool for You?

Published on: October 28, 2022

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Interest in heat pumps is on the rise, is this HVAC tool for you? If you’ve noticed more talk about heat pumps these days, it’s not in your head.

Interest in heat pumps is on the rise, is this HVAC tool for you?

Interest in heat pumps is on the rise, is this HVAC tool for you?

If you’ve noticed more talk about heat pumps these days, it’s not in your head. Over the past five years, Google searches for the topic have steadily increased worldwide, reaching their peak in March 2022, and even major media outlets like the New York Times have covered heat pumps. So, if you’re curious about what a standard heat pump is all about and why this heating and air conditioning system might be right for you, we’re here to demystify them. 

What is a heat pump?

Heat pumps are both a heating and cooling system for your building. A heat pump works by moving heat in or out of your space, depending on the season, while other heating and cooling sources convert electricity or fuel into heat. 

Can I use a heat pump in my commercial building?

Yes, heat pump technology is an efficient way to heat or cool commercial buildings. Since heating and cooling can be a very energy-intensive process for buildings, there are potential net gains by investing in heat pump technology for your commercial building such as lowering your carbon footprint and having heating and cooling technology in one. Depending on the size and needs of your building, you’ll have to explore different options for heat pumps with an expert like Kimco Controls. 

Why are heat pumps gaining in popularity?

Again, if you’ve noticed more talk about heat pumps, you’re not crazy. While the first heat pump was built over a century ago, technological advances have made these commercial and home heating and cooling systems much more efficient. 

“As technology has improved, heat pumps can now operate down to -20 celsius while maintaining 100% capacity,” explained Mark Janssen, co-owner and director of HVAC and Sales for Kimco Controls. “Five or ten years ago that wasn’t possible, but now they have become a much more viable option in North America, particularly in the Okanagan where the average in winter may be minus five.”  

What are the benefits of installing a heat pump?

More and more, people are turning to heat pumps as a perceived cleaner way of heating and cooling compared to other HVAC systems. A heat pump can be up to 300 percent more efficient than a baseboard heater and 50 percent more efficient than a window unit when it comes to cooling, according to B.C. Hydro. 

Are heat pumps a more sustainable option?

They definitely can be! Under the right circumstances. “B.C. gets most of its power from hydro which is a clean electricity,” explained Janssen. “That’s why it’s such a clean way of providing heat.” A switch to a heat pump in B.C. will reduce your household’s carbon footprint by moving away from a gas-powered furnace. 

How can I switch to a heat pump in B.C.?

If you’re considering making the switch, it’s worth looking at FortisBC and B.C. Hydro to see what savings are on hand. Here are some things to keep in mind from our experts on HVAC in Kelowna: 

Work with HVAC, electrical, and building automation professionals who know their trade inside and out and stay on top of the trends. Contact us today to see what Kimco can do for you.

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