You already have a simple heat pump in your home. Your refrigerator is an example of a single-direction system, extracting heat from inside the fridge and sending it to the coils outside the fridge at the back, making them warm. That’s essentially how heat pumps work, by taking heat from one location and transferring it somewhere else. When acting as an air conditioner, your heat pump removes heat from inside your home and vents it outside. The whole system can run in reverse to extract residual heat from frosty outside air and use it to heat your home in winter.
Instead of using costly geothermal heat pumps, The Fireplace Stop uses air source technology, which is less expensive and can be easily installed in any home environment. Air source heat-pumps are quite effective in Canadian winters. In fact, air at -18°C contains about 85% of the heat that it contains at 21°C.
When space is at a premium, heat pumps are even more attractive, as the same device is used for both heating and cooling. An electric heat pump is an environmentally friendly way to heat and cool your home as it does not burn fossil fuel and there is no combustion involved. Heat pump systems produce no carbon monoxide making them a very safe choice for families. For homes without ductwork, a split heat pump does double duty as a wall heater in winter and air conditioner in summer.