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Heat Pump vs. Traditional HVAC Systems: Pros and Cons

Anyone who lives in Calgary knows what the weather can be like. Summers can be very hot, especially as the climate continues to change, and winters are marked by bitter, biting cold. Installing a heat pump in your home is a sustainable and affordable way to maintain a more comfortable temperature in your home all year round. You may be wondering what the differences are between choosing a heat pump over other types of home heating and cooling systems.

In today’s blog, we’ll explore the reasons you should make the switch to a heat pump in your home in Calgary. Read on for more!

What is a Heat Pump?

A heat pump is a proven piece of technology that has been used in Canadian homes for decades. They are used to provide efficient heating and cooling – you might recognize it as the device used to keep your refrigerator cool.


Heat naturally wants to flow from a high-temperature place to a low-temperature place. In essence, a heat pump uses electricity to counter that natural flow, moving heat from the lower temperature place (called a source) to the higher temperature place (called a sink). This reduces the temperature in the source and raises it in the sink.



The Pros of Choosing a Heat Pump

  • Energy Savings Heat pumps provide much more efficient options over traditional furnace systems. They move heat in a similar way as refrigerators, which is a much more energy-efficient process than burning fossil fuels or electrical resistance. That efficiency also means heat pumps are much more environmentally friendly than other options.

  • Utility Bill Savings Homeowners can save up to $667 per year on utility bills when switching to a heat pump. Switching from an inefficient system to a heat pump can even save you up to $1000 per year on your energy bill.

  • Increased Comfort In addition to the monetary savings, heat pumps can make your home a more comfortable place to live. On hot and humid days, they can act as a dehumidifier, gradually removing moisture from the air. Even on days that aren’t hot but still humid, they can dehumidify while maintaining a comfortable temperature. Heat pumps are often “variable speed” which means they can maintain a more consistent temperature than “single-stage” furnaces or air conditioners.


Harmony Heating in Calgary Can Install Heat Pumps in Your Home

Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning is Calgary’s go-to for installing and maintaining heat pumps. Our professional home comfort pros can assess your heating and cooling needs and help you select the best heat pump option for your home.


Give us a call today to request an estimate.



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