Posts Tagged ‘Heat Pumps’

PostHeaderIcon You Don’t Have to Suffer In The Heat

Many people in Vancouver usually just tough it out through the hot summer months because in reality there is only really 2 months of serious heat. Most people don’t even entertain the idea of Air Conditioning because they assume it will be expensive or they simply just don’t know enough about it. I will explain a few of the options and benefits of investing in an AC system for your home.

There are 3 main types of AC you can have in you home.

1. If you have a furnace we can install a heat pump which will actually heat and cool your home. The unit works by supplying cold air to your furnace, which in turn distributes the cold are throughout your house. In the winter you can use the heat pump to heat your home as well. This method is very efficient and has the lowest amount of carbon footprint. This means you are saving money and helping the environment.

2. Another option is a central AC system. This works independently from you heating system and has its on duct work. This is ideal of if you can install it when you build your house.

3. The third and most popular right now is the ductless split method. This method is very common for people in BC as it is designed for people who have boilers or base board heaters. Because boilers have no existing venting that can be used to transfer the air, we have to install a ductless system. The beauty about a ductless is that you can choose to have it in as little or as many rooms as you like. It simply hangs on the wall and provided cooling to the room. Its that simple! Some models even have sensors that push the air to the warmer parts of the room. It does this with an infrared camera that reads the heat in the room.
Another benefit to the ductless system is its high efficiency and dual capabilities. The ductless systems are mini-heat pumps so you can also heat your home in the winter. The cost of heating with the ductless is cheaper than with a standard boiler because it is more efficient.

The next big heatwave just remember, you have options! Any home in Vancouver can have AC, its just a matter of finding the right system for your home.

If you would like to have a free estimate or a tune up on your current system feel to give us a call! 604-283-2383

PostHeaderIcon Heat pumps work all seasons

I am sure many of you have heard of a heat pump, some of you may even have one, but has anyone ever taken the time to explain what they are and how they work?

Heat pumps are often misunderstood or not understood at all. Because of this, you may not realize that there may be a better heating and cooling option than a furnace or air conditioner. A heat pump is an efficient method of cooling your home in the summer and warming it in the winter.

Although heat pumps are new to many people, they have been around for over three decades. Its name is a little misleading, a heat pump is an efficient method of heating a home during the cold winter months and also cooling it during the blistering summer months. A heat pump looks like an air conditioner, but that’s only the outside appearance. It actually has two functions based on the same principles for both. In warm weather situations, the heat pump works as a normal air conditioner. It extracts heat from inside the home and transfers it to the outdoor air through a condensing process.

In colder weather, however, the process reverses, collecting heat from the outdoor air and transferring it inside your home. Even when the air outside feels extremely cold, the air still contains some heat. The heat pump pulls the heat from this cold outdoor air and sends it inside to warm your home, using a similar process that a refrigerator would. When there is not enough heat in the outside air to meet the demand of the thermostat setting, an electric heater supplements the outdoor air to warm the home. While many people find the winter operation of a heat pump the most difficult to understand, it is during the heating cycle that the heat pump produces the most savings. Unlike a furnace that turns fossil fuel or electricity into heat, the heat pump collects heat that already exists in the outdoor air by means of its refrigeration cycle.

Consequently, a heat pump will produce two to three times more heat than the energy it uses.

In addition, a heat pump can be an effective add-on option to use in conjunction with an existing gas furnace. With a dual-fuel system, the two systems share the heating load but never function at the same time. Each system operates when it is most cost effective. The heat pump will be the primary heating and cooling system. However, when the temperature drops below the heat pump’s ability to operate as efficiently as the gas furnace, the gas furnace will take over until the temperature rises enough for the heat pump to operate more efficiently.

Remember to take into consideration the noise that may be generated by your heat pump related to where the equipment is installed, and how this may affect your neighbour – be a good neighbour!

 If you have any doubts or require an expert analysis, please contact Ashton Service Group at 604-283-2383.