Do you have a forced hot air furnace? Is it less than 10 years old? If so this post is for you.
It is possible to keep your current furnace, add a heat pump to it and reduce your oil consumption by as much as 50% during the winter.
Keep your current furnace
Replacing your current oil furnace with a 100% electric central ducted heat pump system is not the only option. If you’re current furnace and oil tank are in good shape then you may want to consider an add on heat pump unit to your current furnace.
An add on unit allows you to keep your current furnace and use it as your fan for the heat pump system as well as the backup heat for when it becomes to cold outdoors (below -15° C) for the heat pump to operate efficiently.
This offers homeowners two benefits.
- You pay less for your heat pump system
- You don’t have to retire a perfectly good furnace and oil tank
Cut oil consumption in the winter months
The number one reason homeowners install a heat pump is to reduce their current cost of heating. A central ducted add on unit reduces your oil consumption by using the heat pump to produce all of your heat down to -15° C.
Below -15° C your furnace kicks in and begins to produce heat for you home.
When we’re doing our estimates for home owners we advise that during an average year you can expect to use 15% of your pre heat pump oil consumption. This 15% covers low temperatures and defrost cycles of the heat pump. The rest of your heating needs will be provided by the heat pump.
An add on unit can realistically reduce your oil consumption, attributed to heating, by as much 50% total. This includes factoring in the cost of operating the heat pump for the winter.
Add central air conditioning
In the humid summer months an add on central heat pump provides air conditioning and dehumidification for your entire home. While this isn’t usually the reason people purchase a central heat pump system it is a nice perk, especially on those hot and humid days.
Installation is Key
A quality installation of a central ducted heat pump unit is key to ensuring you get maximum performance from your system.
Our ducted specialist completes on site visits prior to the install of all systems we sell to inspect the quality of a homes ductwork and plenum. New ductwork is manufactured where required to ensure you get a quality install and optimum performance from the heat pump.
York Central Ducted Heat Pump Add on Units
Our preferred central ducted heat pump brand is York. Their add on unit operates as low as -15° C, has an HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor) of 9.1 and a SEER of 16.0.
Cost for a York add on system varies by the size required for your home. Larger homes with more ductwork and square footage will require larger units. One of our home energy specialists will determine the right size for you during an initial in-home visit.