Heat pumps collect heat from the air, water, or ground outside your home and concentrate it for use inside, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. Since they operate by moving heat instead of generating heat, heat pumps can provide similar heating and cooling at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating a traditional furnace or air conditioner.

 

There are two main types of heat pumps: Air-to-Air and Geothermal.

The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. Depending on the size of your lot, the subsoil, and the landscape, a geothermal (ground-source or water-source) heat pump could be a better choice. They transfer heat between your house and the ground or a nearby water source. Geothermal heat pumps cost more to install, but have low operating costs as they take advantage of constant ground or water temperatures.

 

Why should I consider installing a heat pump?

  1. Today’s heat pumps can reduce your electricity use by an average of 30% – 60% compared to electric resistance heating such as furnaces and baseboard heaters.
  2. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify the air better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and greater comfort in your home.
  3. For older homes without ducts, air-source heat pumps are also available in a ductless version called a mini-split heat pump.

 

With today’s increasing hydro rates, heat pumps are quickly becoming one of our most requested products.

If you would like to learn more about heat pumps or other ways to lower your heating bills, contact Doyle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

With today’s electricity and energy rates, home and business owners in Ontario want to know the most energy-efficient ways to run their heating & cooling equipment. The way you set your thermostat can dramatically affect your energy costs and the efficiency levels of your HVAC equipment.

 

Should I set the fan to “on” or “auto”?

If your basement is cold and unfinished, you should keep air cycling through your home and use the “on” setting. Using the “on” setting is also useful if you have a new energy-efficient furnace, as hot air will cycle throughout your home without high energy usage.

 

What’s the best way to set my programmable thermostat?

Used properly, programmable thermostats can help you save up to $180 each year off your heating and cooling bills. Set your thermostat to pre-heat or pre-cool the house during off-peak electricity times, and program it to adjust slightly during on-peak times to maintain a comfortable temperature. This will help you use less energy during the higher rates of on-peak electricity times.

 

Should I invest in a new energy saving, learning thermostat?

Yes, they pay for themselves! We offer thermostats that are connected to wi-fi and allow you to control the temperature of your house remotely from your phone or tablet. Save energy by turning the heat down on your way out, and up on your way home, ensuring your home is comfortable upon your arrival.

Smart thermostats take care of all the settings for you by learning your preferred temperatures and creating an auto-schedule to help you save energy. When no one’s home, the thermostat turns itself down. Plus you have remote access at all times through your smart phone. Pretty cool, huh? Doyle Plumbing, Heating & Cooling’s licensed technicians can help you cut energy costs with a new, learning thermostat that pays for itself. If you’re interested in an affordable way to cut your energy costs, let’s talk!

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Energy saving wi-fi connected thermostat

We offer a wide range of energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions for every budget. Contact our office staff through the form below or call 1-877-706-2621. We answer all calls!

It’s no secret that electricity rates in Ontario are rising and natural gas bills have increased from the newly rolled out cap and trade program. For home and business owners in Ontario, winter is expensive and unavoidable.

With a few do-it-yourself techniques and energy-efficient upgrades, you can help ease those climbing heating bills and get the most out of your heating equipment.

  • Check your furnace’s air filter on a monthly basis. If it’s dirty, change it – it’s as simple as that. Changing your furnace filter can improve the efficiency of your heating equipment up to 15%.
  • Install caulking and weather-stripping around your doors, windows, and exterior wall electrical outlets to keep the cold air out and hot air in. You can find coupons at saveonenergy.ca
  • Is your attic properly insulated? There should be at least 16 inches of insulation to properly block hot air from leaving your home.
  • Add a secondary heating source such as a wood burning or natural gas fire place. It’s a higher up-front cost to purchase and install, but they pay off in the long run, not to mention add ambiance to your space. Why pay to heat the whole house if you spend most of your time in the same room?
  • Hire a licensed HVAC technician to professionally inspect, clean, and service your furnace each year. Preventative maintenance is the best way to extend the life of your furnace and avoid paying for emergency service after waking up in the cold without heat. Doyle’s licensed technician will give your furnace a thorough, 21-point safety inspection, including checking for hazardous carbon monoxide.

If you would like to learn more about heating solutions, contact our licensed technicians through the form below or call 1-877-706-2621.

Dirty Furnace Filter

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