While heat pump is almost identical to air conditioner use of heat pumps in winter brings forward some factors that we never consider for air conditioners.
Heat Pump Pro’s
A heat pump produces 3 kW of heat per every 1 kW of electricity spent. Compared to a regular electric heaters, where you get only 1 for 1, this is 300% efficiency.
♦ Year-round use.
Heat pumps can be used in Toronto almost year-round. Air conditioners are only used for a few short weeks of summer.
♦ Use of cheap electricity
With “smart” hydro meters night time and weekends electricity rate will be only 3.2 c per kilowatt. At this price and at 300% efficiency, electricity is becoming the energy of choice for heating.
♦ Take advantage of global warming. As winters in Toronto are getting milder, heat pumps are becoming more and more profitable to use.
♦ Better comfort in the house.
Heat produced by heat pumps is less intense than heat from the furnace. It makes the heating cycle longer and heat distribution more even.
♦ Safe to use. Since heat pumps use electricity, not fuel no reason to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning or fuel (gas, propane, oil) escape inside of the house.
Heat Pump Con’s
Heat pumps are more expensive than air conditioners. In that respect ductless heat pumps are ahead of the central air units. In the ductless world the price difference is approximately $200 and all the premium comes with the hardware. Installation of a ductless a heat pump is no different from installation of a ductless air conditioner, because all the additional functionality built into the hardware and comes from the Factory. At this small premium, ductless heat pumps are already easy choice against ductless air conditioners.