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The Environmental Impact of Heat Pumps: A Sustainable Solution (and Low Cost)

As the climate continues to change and we become more aware of how we affect the environment that surrounds us, we look for ways we can minimize our own impact. While it may seem like an overwhelming problem to take on, there are many small ways you can reduce your own impact on the environment. Heat pumps provide a sustainable HVAC solution that can help you take on that challenge.

a daikin heat pump installed by Harmony Heating in Calgary

The Environmental Impact of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps have been an integral part of the HVAC system in homes all over the country for years, but it is only recently that they’ve been examined more closely for their environmental impact.


  • Carbon Emissions Most modern heat pumps run on electricity, which means generate fewer carbon emissions than other heating methods that use oil, natural gas, or pellets for fuel. Older heat pumps might still use these methods, so switching to a more modern model is a good way to help make your home a little greener.

  • Energy Efficiency Energy efficiency is an important factor for all your appliances. The goal should be to have the most energy-efficient appliances possible, and that includes all parts of your HVAC system. Older units will require more energy to heat or cool your home. Check for the Energy Star rating on your appliances.

  • Noise Pollution Noise pollution is a factor that often prevents people from taking a flyer on high-efficiency heat pumps. They tend to create some noise, which can be a problem in areas with strict noise codes. Ductless heat pumps can provide the same energy efficiency without any extra noise.

  • Refrigerant Leakage All heat pumps and AC units use some form of refrigerant. It’s much more efficient than water or other liquids for heat exchange, but it can have a negative impact on the environment if released into the atmosphere. Heat pumps are designed to prevent this kind of leak, but older units will develop leaks over time. These leaks can lower the efficiency of your unit, meaning it will take more electricity to cool or heat your home. The best way to avoid this is to ensure your heat pump is serviced regularly.

Heat Pumps Are Efficient

In 2021, around 10% of global heating demands were met by heat pumps, but that number is growing rapidly. Join the growing crowd that made the switch. Heat pumps can operate at an efficiency rate of over 100%, far outstripping other forms of heating. You just need the right size heat pump for your space, and you can enjoy comfortable temperatures through extremely efficient heating all year round.


Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. is Your Go-To for Heat Pumps

At Harmony Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer installation and maintenance of heat pump systems. Don’t forget to ask us about rebates – you could save money when switching to a new heat pump!


Give us a call today for a free quote!



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