Ducted Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

A better understanding of how people inhabit their living spaces has led to products designed to create indoor environments that use energy resources more effectively. Contrary to its name, a heat pump delivers both heating and cooling with or without the use of ductwork.

What is a heat pump and how does it work?

A heat pump is an electrical device that extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. The heat pump is not a new technology – it has been used in Canada and around the world for decades. Refrigerators and air conditioners are both common examples of this technology.

The heat pump cycle is fully reversible, and heat pumps can provide year-round climate control for your home – heating in winter and cooling and dehumidifying in summer.

Since the ground and air outside always contain some heat, a heat pump can supply heat to a house even on cold winter days.

Unlike forced air furnaces that require gas to heat the air, a heat pump only requires a little electricity to run. They are an ideal option for those wanting an environmentally friendly option, as a large portion of the energy used to heat or cool your home comes from the outside air, a free and infinitely renewable resource.

What is a “Cold Climate” Heat Pump?

  • Cold climate heat pumps can heat while outdoor temps are down to -30C degrees
  • To be classified as a cold climate heat pump under the federal Canada Greener Homes Grant, heat pumps must have a coefficient of performance (COP) of 1.8 (180% efficient) or higher at -10 degrees Celsius. This means, the heat pump must maintain an efficiency of at least 180% at -10 C
  • Since the air outside will always contain some heat, a heat pump can supply heat to a house even on cold winter days. In fact, air at –18°C contains about 85 percent of the heat it contained at 21°C
  • This means in Canada, depending on your home specs, you can use a cold climate heat pump for all of your heating needs. You can maximize your homes energy efficiency & minimize your utility costs!

What are the benefits of a heat pump?

There are a wide range of benefits to installing a heat pump instead of a traditional furnace/air conditioner combo.

Smart inverter technology

  • An integrated variable-speed compressor maintains desired room conditions
  • Minimizes temperature fluctuations
  • Provides continuous cooling and heating comfort

Energy efficient

  • Highly efficient year-round
  • Reduced energy consumption results in lower utility bills


  • Creates an ideal indoor climate
  • Specially designed airflow patterns
  • Whisper quiet


All electric

Daikin SkyAir Cold Climate Heat Pump


  • Daikin’s SkyAir heat pump system is the best in class for cold climate air source heat pumps
  • Inverter technology delivers precise temperature control and superior energy efficiency
  • SEER 18 and HSPF 10.4
  • Super quiet operation
  • WarrantyCare – 10-year warranty
  • Eligible for Greener Homes Grant Learn More

Daikin FIT Heat Pump

  • Up to 18 SEER*
  • Intelligent defrost mode – The outdoor unit will enable this mode to help prevent frost/ice from building up in cold climate conditions. It will also help with longer heating operation time for additional comfort for occupants
  • Sleek and compact design – The trunk style outdoor unit is perfect when installation space is limited
  • Inverter (variable-speed) compressor – Ideal indoor comfort and efficiency
  • Quiet-mode – Provides enhanced acoustical comfort
  • Long condenser coil life and reliability
  • Qualifies for $6500 Greener Home Rebate!


Daikin 97 Modulating Furnace with FIT Heat Pump

  • High efficiency Daikin 97 furnace – up to 98% AFUE – converts up to 98 cents of every energy dollar into home heating comfort
    • Modulating gas valve
    • Efficient and quiet variable-speed induced draft blower motor
  • Daikin Fit Heat Pump Inverter (variable-speed) compressor
    • Ideal indoor comfort and efficiency
    • Quiet-mode – provides enhanced acoustical comfort
    • Durable heat exchanger and condenser coils
  • SEER 17 and HSPF 9.6

Heat Pump FAQ

How much would I save on my energy bills if I switched to a heat pump?

Our Solutions Specialists can help you estimate savings that are more specific to your home and your current heating sources.

But according to studies done by the Environmental Protection Agency, air source heat pumps can reduce electricity usage for heating by up to 50% compared to electrical furnaces and baseboard heaters. Cold climate heat pumps are engineered for efficiency, but for optimal savings, systems need to be correctly designed and installed. Factors like the age and type of your home construction & cold weather performance of the heat pump can impact the system’s efficiency.

Are heat pumps expensive?

Heat pumps definitely have higher upfront installation costs. If you are using your heat pump to only heat your home (no cooling), then a heat pump costs more to install than a gas furnace. However, if you need to cool AND heat your home, a heat pump can cost about the same to install a new gas furnace with an AC. With a heat pump, you will experience better performance & increased energy efficiency over time.

Are heat pumps noisy?

No, they are not noisy – heat pumps are virtually silent. Heat pump technology has evolved over time and new heat pumps are now much more efficient and much quieter. Look for a unit that is 60 decibels or less.

Are heat pumps safer than a furnace?

Heat pumps don’t use flammable gases to heat your home, so there is no risk of gas by-products like carbon monoxide which can be harmful if proper safety precautions are not followed.

Why is it called a heat pump if it can cool the air as well?

Yes, the name can be misleading but heat pumps are designed for both cooling and heating.

  • They’re called heat pumps because they essentially
    • move heat into the home to warm it up
    • move heat out of the house to cool it down.
  • A heat pump isn’t a device that generates heat; it just relocates it to provide reliable, efficient heating and cooling in your living space.
  • Air-source heat pumps transfer heat to and from the air, rather than geothermal heat pumps, which transfer heat to and from the ground.

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*Your air conditioner’s energy efficiency, rated in Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER) measures how efficiently the unit cools your home. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently your unit will perform, resulting in lower electricity bills. Potential energy savings may vary depending on your personal lifestyle, system settings and usage, equipment maintenance, local climate, actual construction and installation.

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