Heat Pumps are a wonderful invention that keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They are very energy efficient as compared to alternative heating and cooling options and have become a staple in new home construction.
There are many different types of heat pumps to choose from that range in price.
- The ground sourced geothermal units require digging and a more complex system to install. The plus is that the heat source is more constant underground making the unit cheaper to operate over time.
- Mini split units are more affordable than geothermal heat pumps when looking at the start-up cost. Air source heat pumps are less expensive to buy and easier to install which reduces the installation cost. The downside is that they are not as efficient as the geothermal as air temperatures change frequently.
- Ductless mini splits allow for zone-based heating, in up to four separate rooms/zones. The zone based heating creates energy savings less heat is being distributed to less-utilized areas of the home. Ductless mini split systems cost a little more upfront, but can pay for themselves over time with energy savings.
Rebates: Currently in Nova Scotia, Efficiency Nova Scotia is offering a rebate for homeowners looking to upgrade their current home heating system to a heat pump. To be eligible for this rebate, your home must currently have a central ducted forced hot air heating system run by electricity. It is more common in Nova Scotia for heating systems to be run by oil so this rebate isn’t available to everyone.
Financing: Nova Scotia Power offers financing for heat pumps installed by an approved contractor to homeowners and landlords on approved credit.