Already have ductwork?
If your home has existing ductwork than a Central Heat Pump in Ottawa is right for you. Most homes have ductwork, which is why our selection of Central Heat Pumps are most popular with our clients. If you have ductwork in your home already, it will be more cost effective to stay with a central system; however, if you have hot or cold spots in your home, or have made a recent addition, than a Ductless Central Heat Pump in Canada could be the best choice for you. In many situations homeowners choose to have both ductless and central heating and cooling systems.
With a central air system the cool or warm air is sent through the air handler on your furnace into the your ductwork, where it is carried into the rest of the house.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Heat Pumps in Ottawa
Here are some frequent questions we get about central heat pumps in Canada.
What are the disadvantages of a heat pump?
While there are many great things about choosing the best central heat pump Canada has to offer; there are some downsides as well. Your upfront cost might be a little more than you would expect out of a central heating system but as you know, you’ll experience lower running costs over time.
These systems also require more significant work and difficulty in the installation process which is what results in a higher upfront cost.
What is a central heat pump?
When you look at a heat pump, it looks exactly like your standard heating and cooling system. But, the functionality is quite different. The one thing that is missing from the equation is a furnace. Instead, an air handler, blower fan, and evaporator coil work to remove heat from the home when the weather is warm and capture heat from the atmosphere when the weather is cold.
What is a cold climate heat pump?
Cold climate heat pumps work a little differently than the traditional heat pumps. They’re more efficient, they work in colder temperatures, and they have a smaller carbon footprint. Cold climate heat pumps are either centrally ducted or ductless. Centrally ducted heat pumps have an outdoor unit like a central air conditioning unit and pick up heat from the outdoor air and transfer it to the indoor coil to be heated. The ductless indoor units have built-in fans that move air through the coil for heat but do not use outdoor heat to heat your home.
Is central air cheaper than a heat pump?
Naturally, yes. Central air is cheaper to install than a heat pump because you’re only focusing on one type of system. If you already have heating in your home then you’ll need a central cooling system which can cost between $2,500-5,000. A heat pump can cost up to $10,000 but it provides both heating and cooling. The central heat pump is cheaper to run over time as well.
Is a heat pump better than central air?
Central heat pumps and cold climate heat pumps are more efficient which makes them cheaper to run. Heat pumps also struggle a bit more when the weather is extremely cold but they’re still the better option if heating your house is the main priority over air conditioning.