Choose an efficient heat pump
Heat pumps are much more efficient than electric furnaces or electric baseboard heating. Consider purchasing a new, efficient ductless mini-split heat pump to supplement an electric furnace or baseboard heating.
What to look for:
- Highest efficiency. Manufacturers are producing equipment with higher efficiencies than ever before.
- ENERGY STAR® certification. When looking for a heat pump for our New Brunswick climate you need to pay attention to the Heating Season Performance Factor or the HSPF. The higher the HSPF, the more energy you'll save. Many manufacturers will advertise products as having a high SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is a measurement of cooling efficiency.
- The right size for your home.
- Look for a ductless heat pump that is ENERGY STAR certified, meets the CEE Tier III efficiency level and is rated by the manufacturer for operation at or below -25°C.
- Always work with a licensed, reputable contractor system.
Good to know: Ductless heat pumps are a great option for many homes in New Brunswick. They offer many advantages including energy savings on heating costs, two to three times higher efficiency than electric baseboards and the option of air conditioning in the summer.
Even though most of your heating needs will be met by the heat pump in the areas where it is installed you will still need to keep your current heating system in working order to provide a source of backup heat if the temperature becomes extremely cold and the heat pump can no longer work efficiently.
Most heat pumps require a backup heating source when the temperature drops below -10°C (even systems rated to -25°C can only provide 60-80% of your heating needs at low temperatures).
Added benefits: Heat pumps can meet your cooling needs in the summer and much of your heating needs in the winter, making them an efficient alternative to separate heating and cooling systems.