Heating your home can account for up to 35% of your energy bill throughout the winter, so it’s important to choose the best option for home heating. A heat pump is a common option in older homes throughout Toronto and the GTA. They’re cost effective and much more efficient than traditional electric heating. They also won’t break the bank when it comes to purchasing and installation like a central heating system will, which involves installing an entire duct system.
It’s important to get the most out of your heat pump, which means understand that they’re not a one size fits all type of appliance. Choosing the right model for your home or space is key. If it’s too big or small it might cost you more than it needs to depending on your usage. Proper maintenance is also very important to evaluating how much it will cost and how efficiently it runs.
Do Heat Pumps Really Save Money?
Yes, heat pumps are efficient in cold weather and can save you money compared to other forms of heating. How much they cost depends on how long you use them, how well you maintain them and how old they are. If you operate one for 6 hours a day for 6 months of the year its energy usage will be about 6 KWh, and depending on your energy bills can work out to around $400 a year. By comparison an electric heating system, such as baseboard heaters can cost you around double that over the course of a year.
Eight Ways To Save Money Using Your Heat Pump
- Keep the settings low (18ºC or – 20ºC). If your heat pump is set to maximum it won’t necessarily heat the room any quicker, but it will use more energy.
- Fall heat pump maintenance is important and can ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible in time for heavy usage.
- Clean both your indoor and outdoor filters at least once a year.
- Only heat the spaces you’re using, otherwise you’ll be heating empty rooms and wasting energy and money.
- Turn off your heat pump when it’s not in use. It can run for as long as you need, but make sure you switch it off when you’re not using it.
- Close doors and curtains to keep the heat in, especially on very cold days. If the sun is shining bright it can help heat rooms, so allowing sunlight in can be an exception.
- The better insulated your home, the better it will hold the heat and the more energy efficient your heat pump will be.
- Use the heat pump timer to heat up your home 15 minutes before you come home.
Overall, your heat pump can be an efficient components of your home, if you use it and maintain it properly. For more information about heat pumps or to schedule an appointment for installation contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today: 647-547-4049