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Heat Pumps


Heat Pumps for Homes

As we move towards creating greener homes, Air Source Heat Pumps stand out as an energy-efficient and low-carbon way to enhance the comfort of your home. Let's dive into the essentials of ASHPs to understand why they're becoming the go-to choice for homeowners seeking sustainability and comfort.

What is an Air Source Heat Pump?

A heat pump is an energy-efficient combination electric heater and air conditioning system that can both heat and cool your home. It serves as a versatile solution, offering warmth during winter and refreshing coolness in summer, ensuring year-round comfort for your household. Compared to traditional systems, it consumes less energy, making it a great option for both new homes and upgrading existing HVAC systems.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

Heat pumps work by extracting heat from the ambient air, compressing it, and transferring it into your home. This process is based on the same principles as an air conditioner but can operate to move heat both in and out of the home depending on the season. Heat pumps transfer heat rather than generate heat, making them energy-efficient while they provide comfortable temperatures for your home year-round.

Different Kinds of Heat Pumps

  • Air Source Heat Pumps: These systems transfer heat between indoor and outdoor air, doubling as air conditioners in warmer months.

  • Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps: Engineered to extract heat at extremely low temperatures, ensuring efficiency even in harsh climates.

  • Air-to-Water Heat Pumps: These systems transfer heat to water-based systems, suitable for various heating applications, including underfloor heating and radiators.

  • Ground Source Heat Pumps: Harnessing the consistent temperatures underground, these systems provide high efficiency but may entail higher installation costs.

  • Ductless Mini-Split Systems: Ideal for homes lacking ductwork, these systems offer flexibility and zoning capabilities for personalized comfort.


Government incentives, such as the Canada Greener Homes Grant, offer financial support for ASHP installations, encouraging homeowners to adopt energy-efficient technologies. Local programs may further augment these incentives, making the transition to ASHPs even more appealing.


  • Do ASHPs work in Canadian climates? Absolutely! Heat pumps are well suited for diverse Canadian climates.

  • I recently installed a new furnace, but I'd like a heat pump. What can I do? There are a few options for those who had a furnace installed before they knew all the benefits of heat pumps! New products have been introduced recently to tackle exactly this problem.
    The gas firing portion of a furnace can be removed and replaced with a heat pump.


Maintenance Tips


Regular maintenance ensures optimal performance and longevity of your ASHP:

  1. Schedule annual professional inspections.

  2. Keep air filters clean for efficient airflow.

  3. Maintain clear surroundings around outdoor units.

  4. Engage qualified technicians for servicing and troubleshooting.


Did You Know?


Heat pumps trace their origins back to the 1850s, with Swiss pioneers utilizing the technology for heating buildings, showcasing its enduring efficacy over centuries.

By upgrading to ASHP technology, homeowners not only invest in their comfort but also contribute to a sustainable future. Homes to Zero offers personalized advice and seamless installation services through our network of licensed HVAC partners, ensuring a smooth transition to energy-efficient and sustainable home solutions.

For further information and resources, explore the links below:

As you embark on your journey towards sustainable home heating and cooling, let ASHPs lead the way to a greener and more comfortable future.

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