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When you’re in the market for new heating products, it pays to learn all you can about them first. With the proper facts in hand, you can make choices that will save you money and help protect the environment.

The EnerGuide rating and ENERGY STAR symbol can help you identify the most energy-efficient products available in Canada. The items in the list on this page will direct you to further information about specific areas related to each subject.

Heat Pumps – An Introduction

An energy-efficient heat pump can give you a way to heat and cool your home and reduce your energy costs. It can provide year-round climate control for your home by supplying heat in the winter and cooling in the summer. Some types can also provide supplementary hot water heating.

In general, it would take a very large, uneconomical heat pump to meet your heating needs alone. However, in conjunction with a supplementary form of heating, such as an oil, gas, or electric furnace, a heat pump can provide reliable and economic heating in winter and cooling in summer. If you already have an oil, propane or electric heating system, installing a heat pump is an effective way to reduce your energy costs. A high-efficiency heat pump can save even more money and energy.

Selecting an energy-efficient heat pump is easy with the EnerGuide Rating System. The rating for the cooling mode (shown in the manufacturer's brochures) allows you to compare different models when buying a heat pump. You can gauge the energy efficiency of a heat pump over an entire heating season by referring to the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) in the manufacturer's brochure.

You can also look for the ENERGY STAR symbol which identifies energy efficient models. You may see the ENERGY STAR symbol next to the EnerGuide rating.

Cost

It is important to consider all the benefits and costs before purchasing a heat pump. While fuel costs may be lower for heat pumps than for conventional heating systems, they are more expensive to buy, and they may require new ducting as well. You should know how much servicing might be required by a heat pump, and at what cost. Carefully weigh your anticipated fuel savings against the initial cost.

Finally, consider convenience. Heat pumps are most economical with year-round use. Investing in a heat pump will make sense if you are interested in both summer cooling and winter heating.V

Some common terms
Energy-efficient heat pumps
Air-source heat pumps
Ground-source heat pumps
Conventional and electronic thermostats for heat pumps