In 2019, the building sector’s space cooling demands required just 15% of the energy used for heating, resulting in about 1 billion tons of CO2 emissions from electricity consumption. Nonetheless, space cooling is rapidly expanding and is likely to increase more in the next decades. Cooling demand is expected to rise at a rate of more than 3% per year for the next three decades, which is eight times higher than heating demand in the previous 30 years.

There are several factors driving the increase in space cooling demand. Ownership percentages among high-income urban families in India range from 75% to 85%, compared to 5% or less in low-income rural households. Air conditioner ownership reaches 90% in the United States and Australia, whereas it is less than 10% in India, Indonesia, and close to 20% in Brazil. Only 15% of the world’s population has an air conditioner, despite the fact that 35% of the world’s population lives in places where it is extremely hot every day. As a result of rising living standards, climate change, and initiatives to expand access to the necessary energy services, the percentage of ownership is expected to rise to 60% by 2050 and 70% by 2070.

Prioritizing solutions focused on heating, cooling, or both will assist the building sector’s decarbonization. Heat pump technology may be used in a wide range of climates and can be configured to offer both heating and cooling. Heat pumps are currently required for heating and cooling by one-third of the world’s population. Accelerating the adoption of high-efficiency HVAC equipment, as well as innovation, will be critical to meeting global decarbonization targets.

Despite their rising popularity, the vast majority of heat pumps sold today are solely utilized for cooling. The average performance of air conditioners would increase by more than 50% by 2030 and nearly double by 2070. Without such efficiency improvements, according to stated policies, cooling electricity consumption may almost triple by 2070.

An estimated 33% of homes globally have both heating and cooling requirements, however this figure may be as high as 78% in Europe, 56% in North America, and over 80% in China. It is essential in these locations that technology is developed to achieve decarbonization goals.

Government incentives provide an opportunity to encourage the adoption of more energy-efficient technology. The Canada Greener Homes Grant or the European Next Generation EU will promote energy efficiency, the use of local resources, and the battle against climate change, which is projected to boost the use of heat pumps and other renewable heating solutions in new construction and renovation projects.

One of the most significant investments you can make is buying your house. But it doesn’t mean you should invest in it unless it will pay off or enhance your living conditions. With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at a home energy retrofit programs and how installing a new Bosch residential heat pump might not be as expensive as you think.

What is a heat pump?

Let’s make things as clear as possible. A heat pump is a type of HVAC system. It may be used to heat or cool certain rooms in your house. While the word “heat pump” may seem confusing, it is a description of what the system does.

To summarize, in the winter, the heat pump takes warm air from the outside and distributes it inside. In the summer, though, it works in reverse, taking warm air from indoors and expelling it out of your home to keep you nice and cool.

Heat pump vs. furnace

While they both serve the same function throughout the winter season of the year, there are a few significant differences between these two units, which include:

  • Furnaces are often bigger and occupy more space to meet the requirement for a larger system to create heat – as opposed to a heat pump, which brings heat in from the outside.
  • Heat pumps may both heat and cool your home, resulting in a two-in-one system.
  • Furnaces are central units and require a proper duct system all across the house to function properly.
  • Heat pumps use far less energy.

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals, let’s look at the Canada Greener Homes Grant and how you may receive a rebate from the government for a heat pump.

How to get Government of Canada rebates for home renovations

It can be expensive to upgrade your house. Indeed, there are low-cost improvements and retrofit solutions that have a significant influence on your home’s value. However, a retrofit and perhaps some cosmetic modification of your property are not the same thing.

We all know that remodelling generally refers to any sort of basic house improvement, but what exactly does retrofit mean? It typically means you’ve moved beyond the realm of do-it-yourself. A retrofit typically refers to an upgrade to your home’s primary systems. They require the services of an expert to analyze and implement energy-saving improvements. If you’re wondering how you can receive free money from the Canadian government for retrofit solutions, there’s a home remodelling grant for that.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant is the most recent of Canada’s energy efficiency initiatives, and it was established to reward homeowners throughout the country who make their homes more energy efficient with up to $5,000 (plus $600 in some circumstances). But, exactly, what does that necessarily mean? It’s not as frightening as it appears. There are a couple of measures to take. Just keep in mind that you won’t really be able to DIY this one yourself. It requires:

  • An inspection/green home energy audit to evaluate your home’s current efficiency
  • Official recommendations that you can follow
  • Installation of at least one of the eligible recommendations (like Bosch climate 5000 installations)
  • And finally, a follow-up inspection/green home energy audit to see if your home’s efficiency has improved

Naturally, since this is a more significant job, you wouldn’t want to do it yourself and risk not being eligible for the rebate. For instance, installing the Bosch Climate 5000 is not something you can do using YouTube. To complete the task correctly, a professional installer with expertise and qualified equipment is required. Therefore, if you’re considering of improving your home’s HVAC system to take advantage of the energy efficiency retrofit initiative, you should consider hiring an expert.

Why choose Bosch thermotechnology?

Choosing a Bosch equipment is always a wise option since they are one of the best and most efficient heat pump manufacturers on the market today. It’s difficult to think of a better alternative when filing for a heat pump government rebate, with a better model and a 10-year Bosch warranty, and now that it’s part of the Canada energy savings incentive program. After all, when it comes to upgrading your home’s HVAC system, you want to be sure you have the ideal heating and cooling system. However, there are a few additional factors.

Air handler unit that’s whisper quiet

One disadvantage of the heat pump vs furnace argument is that furnaces are typically quieter. Yet, in a short period of time, technology has advanced significantly. The Bosch climate 5000 specifications for the air handler, for example, guarantee that it will not get louder than around 20 dB, which is as quiet as whispering or some rustling leaves.

High efficiency heat pump

An another major pro that has recently emerged from the Bosch climate 5000 reviews is that it is exceptionally energy efficient. This system was designed to outperform alternative heating and cooling choices, in addition to having a high SEER rating. This is because these air handlers are best suited for spot heating and cooling, resulting in reduced resource consumption. That means you may take advantage of Canada’s energy efficiency incentives, as well as enjoy pleasant temperatures and lowered monthly expenses.

Your specific scenario will affect the final decision. We at Novel Care will make your choice as simple as possible.

A ductless or mini split air conditioning system operates in the same way as a central air conditioning system. They are both made of two components: an outdoor condenser unit and an indoor evaporator unit. As the refrigerant circulates between the two units, heat is transported from the indoor air to the outdoor unit, where it is released.

Cold air from the central air conditioner is forced through the ducts by your furnace’s air handler and circulated throughout your home. A ductless system eliminates the need for ducting and vents by connecting the condenser to the indoor unit by copper linesets.

How to Determine Which System Is better for You

If you have ductwork already installed in your house, going with a central air conditioning system is the more cost effective option.

If your home doesn’t have air ducts installed, a ductless mini split system is the smart choice to install. In this case, the installation consists of nothing but drilling a 3 inch diameter hole in your wall where the contractor can route the copper linesets. Compared to the installation of a new duct system, mini split installation is cheaper and less destructive, nevertheless faster. Ductless systems are also suitable for homes with new additions that are not connected to the house’s existing ductwork.

It is visually appealing?

A central air conditioning system is almost unnoticeable. A ductless mini split system, on the other hand, needs the installation of an indoor evaporator unit either in the ceiling or on the wall. Most manufacturers designed these devices to be as appealing as possible, yet you will notice them.

If you are very worried about the impact of the installation on your interior décor, a central system may be a better alternative for you.

How big is your house?

If your home is smaller than 2000 square feet, consider going with the ductless system. The majority of ductless systems may be insufficient to cool a larger home. If you have a larger house (2500 square feet or more), consider installing a central air conditioning system with ducts. Between 2000 and 2500 square feet, the increased power of a central air conditioning system will be worth the extra costs and you’ll get better efficiency out of the new central air system.

Are you concerned about energy efficiency?

The ductwork of a central air conditioner plays a crucial role in allowing a central system to achieve its efficiency potential. The efficiency of a central system is greatly reduced if the ductwork wasn’t adequately designed (more bends and angles in lines) or properly sealed. Ductless systems use much less energy than any of the central air conditioners.

Most ductless systems are called heat pumps instead of air conditioners. When it’s freezing cold outside, the unit will reverse the coolant’s flow direction and brings warm air into the house, as long as the temperature doesn’t fall below -30°C.

Heat pumps are extremely efficient, so this may be the ideal choice if you want to use your furnace less frequently.

Saving energy, saving money

Buildings, notably our houses, are responsible for 18% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. We wish to help Canadians in making their homes more energy efficient. This implies that homes will be more pleasant and less expensive to maintain, while also helping our environmental goals. The Canada Greener Homes Grant will help homeowners in making their homes more energy-efficient, creating new employment for energy advisors all over Canada, expanding our domestic green supply chains, and combating climate change.

What’s available through the initiative?

Up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners in making energy efficient retrofits to their houses, such as improved insulation, EnerGuide inspections (worth up to $600), and professional assistance to homeowners so they can start planning their retrofits.

Recruitment and training of EnerGuide energy advisors to fulfill growing demand; this will lead to the creation of new jobs throughout Canada. The project allows participants to receive up to $5,600 in total. To keep residents informed, updates will be provided throughout the duration of the initiative. We are committed to guaranteeing that Greener Homes reaches a wide range of Canadians, including those living in rural and northern areas and those with restricted internet access, as part of our mission. We are creating a diverse network of energy advisors in order to create job opportunities for all Canadians and to satisfy the requirements of our communities.

Official list of eligible products

Earlier this year, Kyle and Samantha had just bought a new home in the east end of Toronto in Leslieville. Like all homes in the area it’s old, but has been renovated, so there are few mechanical issues with the house. Being a smaller home the person who did the renovation left the boiler and radiators in the home to maximize space. To supplement the heating, provide air circulation and also cooling in the summer they also installed a ductless heat pump. A ductless heat pump is a great way to further add control to the heating and cooling systems, so it is a welcome addition to any home, but in this case it was poorly installed.

Unfortunately for Kyle and Samantha this ductless heat pump wasn’t installed correctly, which led to its early demise. Without a warranty or any other recourse to take with the seller of the home, they called Air Tech Toronto Toronto. We can certainly sympathize with Kyle and Samantha because moving can be a time consuming and expensive part of life. While it’s expensive it should also be exciting, so this road bump took some of the wind out of their sails.

Since we were replacing the ductless heat pump anyway, they wanted a new system with increased efficiency to provide the comfort they wanted in the main living area of their home, but without a big impact on the energy bills.

We replaced the old broken down ductless heat pump system with a new Mitsubishi Hyper Heat heat pump system. These state of the art systems come with a 10 year parts and labor warranty, so if anything goes wrong with this one they will certainly be covered. Ductless heat pump systems act both as cool and heating sources for the home, and come with humidity control, which is important for homes with boilers and radiators.

Call Air Tech Toronto For Ductless Heat Pump Help

We were happy to help Kyle and Samantha out with this little problem. In the short term it can be frustrating, but in the long run they might look back on it and have a bit of a laugh. If you have a ductless heat pump or any ductless air conditioning system that needs to be replaced call Air Tech Toronto. We’re always happy to help and provide 24/7 emergency service throughout Toronto and the GTA. Call 905-737-5016 to get a free estimate today.

Even those that have a heat pump in their home might not fully understand what they do or how they do it. We have many customers ask us all the time: How do heat pumps work? We’ll here’s your answer folks.

Heat pumps are used as heating sources in small spaces and homes that need supplementary heating. It’s difficult to completely heat your entire home with heat pumps, but it’s not impossible. So how do heat pumps work? They heat the air in your home by transferring air from the outside of your house to the inside. They are very efficient at heating spaces in your home and usually take about 15 minutes to heat an average sized room. Once heated up they are even more efficient at maintaining that temperature.

Split-System Heat Pump

One of the most popular types of heat pump systems is the single split system. This single split system is designed to only heat one room or space in your home. Depending on the size of your heat pump systems and unit and the placement, it can sometimes do a great job at warming most of your house. If you have an open concept living area then they’re even more useful. Here’s how they work:

how do heat pumps work

Ducted Multi-Heat Pump System

The ducted multi-heat pump system is more complex to install and not as common. These types of installations have vents in every room and are ducted through the ceiling. They’re less intrusive than the split-system heat pump, but they’re much more expensive to install. The cost of a ducted heat pump can start at $15,000 for an average sized home and go up from there. Here’s an example of how ducted multi-heat pump systems work:

how do heat pumps work

  1. Excess warmth from your heater is distributed to rooms via a super efficient inline ducting fan
  2. Via a filtered eave inlet your home is ventilated with a small amount of drier air to offset the moisture build-up (from cooking, drying, clothes, showering etc)
  3. Free, filtered warm air is automatically harvested from your roof space to offset heater costs. (Note: Summer Mode disables this function)
  4. Rooms are warmed as air circulates around the house continuously, and persistent condensation is gone

So, How Do Heat Pumps Work?

It’s fairly simple and a really efficient way to heat your home. Most people don’t know exactly what type of installation is best for their needs, or what size of heat pump they need, but that’s why we’re here. A Air Tech Toronto HVAC technician can answer all of your questions and even go into more detail as to How Do Heat Pumps Work? Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to get a free quote: 905-737-5016

Our customers constantly have questions about their air conditioner. Whether we’re installing a new ductless air conditioner or performing maintenance on a central air conditioner our customer have asked lot of questions over the years. While we’ve answered lots of them in person here are a few of the less common questions we get that might be useful.

Q: What’s Variable Speed Mean?

A: Variable speed is referring to the blower motor on your air conditioner. Variable speed blower motors are designed to provide enhanced comfort throughout your home with reduced air velocity and noise. When this type of blower turns on it operates at a low-speed, which makes less noise and allows the compressor and coil to get warmed up prior to forcing large amounts of air through the units or system.

Q: What Size Air Conditioner Should I Install?

A: So, it’s finally time to replace your old air conditioner. While considering a new unit can be exciting it’s important to take a few things into consideration first. While there are similar models available by different manufacturers you must first calculate the heat-load of your home. This calculation provides you with the proper size of unit for your needs, the size of your home, it’s layout, and a few other variables. The best way to find out what size unit is best for your home is to contact a reputable and professional HVAC technician from a company like Air Tech Toronto. They have the knowledge and experience to properly evaluate your home and provide you with recommendations. Aside from that we always recommend installing high-efficiency units that will save you money on your energy bills in the long-term.

Q: What Is A SEER Rating?

A: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is a measurement of the efficiency of an air conditioner. The higher the SEER Rating is the more efficient a unit is and the less it will cost you to operate. Most brands have a number of units with great SEER ratings and highlight them so they’re easy to find and understand. A Air Tech Toronto technician can assist you in selecting a unit within your price range that has a great SEER rating.

For more information about choosing the right replacement air conditioner for your home or office contact Air Tech Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

Air Tech Toronto has been providing reputable and professional HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

If you have a general understanding about how air conditioners work then you probably already know a lot more about how a heat pump works than you realize. Heat pumps function in a very similar way, but instead of burning fuel they transfer heat from the air or ground which makes them a much greener heating solution.

It’s not typical to have a heat pump as a the sole source of heat for a home or office as they are usually used for cooling during warmer months as well. Heat pumps are also used for purposes other than warms specific areas of your home or office. Heat pumps can be used to heat swimming pools and hot tubs in a similar way.

Heat Pump Types

There are many different types of heat pumps with each heat pump serving a different purpose:

  • An air heat pump transfers heat energy from the air around it.
  • A ground heat pump transfers heat energy from the ground.
  • An exhaust air heat pump takes heat from building exhaust.
  • A water source heat pump uses moving water as a heat source, also called a heat sink.

There are also many other heat pump models to serve various other purposes. There are also models that extract heat from the air outside when it’s warm and once the temperature drops it then uses the ground to obtain heat. This type of operation is more efficient than using cold air.

What Do Heat Pumps Do?

Heat pumps have the ability to help homeowners and building owners save money on their energy bills as they’re very efficient at certain temperatures. One of the main problems is they tend to underperform when temperatures drop drastically. In scenarios where extremely cold temperatures are common it’s best to use a heat pump in combination with another type of heating. This will allow you to take advantage of their efficiency, while still staying warm when Jack Frost takes over.

Overall heat pumps are a good solution as supplementary heat sources and provide great spot heating in homes and offices. They’re best when used in combination with other heating sources in the fall and winter, especially when it’s very cold out. The main benefit of heat pumps is that they often come as part of ductless air units or mini-split systems so the equipment is useful year round.

Contact Air Tech Toronto today for more information about heat pumps and how they can save you money on your energy bills: 905-737-5016.