The #1 questions Nova Scotia homeowners have about heat pumps is how much do they cost. Then it’s what will I save and are there any rebates they can get.
Rarely do we encounter a homeowner that asks us about warranty, but we believe the warranty that comes with a heat pump is every bit as important as the initial cost and how much it can save you.
After all, a machine with a short warranty could end up costing you a bucket load to repair or replace. Why not ensure you’re buying a machine that comes with peace of mind in the form of a long warranty.
In this article, we’ll look at why heat pump warranties matter, what’s covered and what’s not covered under those warranties and what brands offer the best warranty in the heat pump industry.
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Why Longer Warranties Matter
While there aren’t a lot of moving parts to a heat pump, there are a few parts that will set you back a few hundred dollars plus the labour to replace. Those parts are the compressor and electronic boards in the outdoor and indoor units.
Rarely do issues arise with your heat pump in the first year or two of operation, but as the machine ages and is used more there can be system issues.
Having a longer warranty protects you from paying for expensive part and labour bills to get your machine running again.
In most cases purchasing a more costly higher quality machine correlates with longer parts and labour warranty. Giving you peace of mind knowing your machine is covered for as long as 10+ years if anything was to go wrong.
Does your heat pump warranty cover everything bumper-to-bumper?
Warranties on a heat pump range from 1 to 12 years. It all depends on the make and model you purchase.
Not every single piece is covered no. Consumable items such as filters, as well as the remote, are usually not covered under a standard heat pump warranty no matter what brand or model it is.
Be sure to check with your contractor when purchasing to get full details on what is and isn’t covered under warranty.
There’s also some fine print you should be aware of with most warranties.
Heat Pump Warranty “Fine Print”
We previously posted an article on the importance of having a professional install your heat pump here.
The fine print of most brands heat pump warranties is if a failure (broken part, failed compressor etc.) is deemed to be due to installation issue than the manufacturer reserves the right NOT to cover the parts and repair.
This is the exact reason why most of the top brands such as Daikin, Fujitsu and Mitsubishi, all have authorized dealers who must go through training on those particular makes and models. This ensures there are never machine failures due to poor installation.
What Brands Have The Longest Warranties
It likely won’t come as any surprise that the longest heat pump warranties come with the most efficient units.
The longest warranties are generally found coming from Daikin, Mitsubishi and Fujitsu, which are arguably the best heat pump brands you can buy.
Daikin comes with a 10-year labour and 12-year parts warranty when you purchase from an authorized Comfort Pro dealer. That’s a long time when you think about.
For those that are considering buying a heat pump for $2,000 bucks installed, stop and think for a moment.
The Daikin that could cost $4,000 + dollars installed not only will save you more money (because it’s more efficient) but you’re guaranteed that it will work well for longer seeing that most low-end units sport a 1-2 year warranty at best.
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One search on Kijiji will reveal numerous people offering to install a heat pump for you. Some of these people are actual refrigeration technicians looking for work to do on evenings and weekends, while others may just be folks that are handy and have successfully completed the install of one or more heat pumps.
There’s an attraction there as it’s usually less expensive than hiring a company, such as us at South Shore HVAC, to supply and install a heat pump.
However, there are several reasons to get a professional heat pump install done, and we’re going to cover those in this post.
If you opt to have your neighbour, relative or someone off Kijiji complete your install, at least you’ll know the PROS and CONS of making that decision.
Quality of Machine
The first thing to consider is what type of machine you want. At South Shore HVAC we supply and install Daikin brand heat pumps. We are a Daikin Comfort Pro dealer, which means Daikin authorizes us to complete the install and our tech is trained on Daikin specific procedures.
Other top brands such as Fujitsu and Mitsubishi have similar types of requirements for their dealers. They don’t allow just anyone off the street to come in and buy a unit.
Why? Because the brand wants to ensure that a quality install is completed so that the machine performs to the best of its capabilities.
A poor quality install can lead to poor performance and premature failure. This harms the brand recognition.
If you want to invest in a top tier heat pump brand such as Daikin, then you must be willing to get a professional heat pump install.
Lifespan of the Machine
The quality of the install of your heat pump can play just as big a role in how long it lasts as the unit you buy.
If the installer of your heat pump does not pressure check the system, check for leaks or use a vacuum to pump the system to remove all traces of moisture then you could be facing premature compressor failure.
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If there’s a leak or improper vacuuming of the system was done during install then everything will appear fine in the beginning but over the coming weeks and months, you will notice that the amount of heat (or cooling) the machine produces declines.
The compressor needs to work harder either because there is moisture in the lines or there is less refrigerant than there should be. This working harder reduces the compressor’s lifespan and can void warranty coverage from the manufacturer.
Warranty Coverage on the Machine
Look at the warranty card or manual for just about any ductless heat pump, and you’ll see that the manufacturer states you must have the unit installed by a qualified refrigeration technician.
Of course, the manufacturer doesn’t know who did the install, but if a warranty issue arises and it’s deemed to be caused by improper installation, then you won’t be left with a leg to stand on in that argument.
Post-Install Service & Questions
The final reason to have a professional HVAC company install your heat pump is to ensure you have someone you can call if there’s a post-install question or service issue.
When you hire someone under the table to install your heat pump you undoubtedly will get a low price. However, that person who does the install doesn’t really want to hear from you in a few weeks if you have a question on the unit’s operation or you have a service problem.
When you opt for a non-professional install, the price to install the unit is low for a reason. They plan on only spending 4-5 hours to get the unit in and then they’re done. There’s no thought put into what may come down the line if there’s an issue.
There you have it. Four reasons you need to have a professional install on your heat pump. Now you have the PROS and CONS of opting to have someone install it for cash versus hiring an HVAC company to do the job for you.
If you’d like to arrange a consult with us to discuss location and sizing of a Daikin brand heat pump that’s right for your home, give us a call today or submit the sidebar form on this page and we’ll get back to you within one business day.
There’s a lot of misunderstanding around how a ductless heat pump works.
Some homeowners still believe that air is actually moved from outside to inside through a hole in their house.
We want to give you the basics of how the refrigerant cycle works in a heat pump so that you can better understand:
- Why heat pumps are so darn efficient
- Why they are reliable (especially Daikin models)
Let’s get started.
Just Like Your Fridge
Your fridge operates just like a heat pump, except only in one direction.
Heat is absorbed from inside the freezer section of your fridge and absorbed into a refrigerant.
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A compressor pumps the refrigerant to a condenser coil which is usually behind or under your fridge. There the heat is released into the surrounding air, and the cycle starts again.
With a heat pump, the same system occurs.
Outside, heat is absorbed into the refrigerant, even as low as -20°C below.
The refrigerant is pumped through the compressor to the indoor heat pump unit where the fan blows over the coil, and the heat is extracted into your room.
What about Cooling Vs Heating?
When you put your heat pump on air conditioning mode the opposite occurs. Heat is absorbed inside the house and transferred to the outside and blown away by the outdoor fan.
As a by-product of this process, humidity in the air condenses on the inside refrigeration lines and drains outside as well. This is why the air not only becomes cooler, but also your heat pump acts as a dehumidifier.
Importance of Quality
There are only a handful of parts in a heat pump.
- Reversing Valve
- Expansion Valve
- Refrigerant lines
- Control boards
Of all these parts, the compressor is the most expensive to repair or replace.
Daikin uses what is called a swing compressor vs a piston compressor that they also manufacture themselves.
The swing compressor is quieter and generally more reliable than other styles of compressors used in ductless air-to-air heat pumps.
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Some styles of homes work better with heat pumps than others. In this article, we’re going to explore possible ductless heat pump configurations that work well for the following home styles:
- Split-entry & Bungalow
- Single level
These are the most common installation configurations we have done, but of course, we aren’t limited to these. If you have an idea for how you would like a heat pump installed in your home, give us a call 902-530-5002 or fill out the form here so we can schedule a site visit and discuss how we can make it work for you.
A) Split Entry and Bungalows
Split entries and bungalows are two of the best home layouts for ductless heat pumps.
The traditional bungalow or split entry is very open on the top level with a hallway that runs the full length of the top floor.
One, single indoor head can generally provide some heat to the entire top level, if it can be positioned at the end of that hallway and push heat down towards the bedrooms.
Of course, the doors to the bedrooms must be left open, and they will not reach the same temperature as the main living area of the home.
Example: If the main living area was set for 20°C then the bedrooms could reach 17-18°.
In most homes of this style, we’ve found that a 15,000 to 18,000 BTU sized unit will work well.
The downstairs in these types of homes isn’t often as open concept. One half is usually finished as a rec room or family room, and the other half may be split up into additional bedrooms, home office or bathroom.
Installing a single heat pump head in the family/TV room area of the bottom floor is generally the best location. A 9,000 – 12,000 BTU indoor unit is the most common size in this application.
Homeowners would have the option of purchasing a multizone system where both of those indoor heads run off of one outdoor unit or purchasing two single zone systems, where each indoor unit runs off its own outdoor unit.
B) 2 or 1.5-Story Homes
Two and 1.5-story homes are traditionally more split up than bungalows and split entries. Mini-split heat pumps can still provide savings and comfort, but you must take a bit more care in choosing the install location.
Heat from the indoor unit will travel well in a straight line, but not so well around corners and up stairways. For this reason, you want to install the indoor unit in the room/areas of the main level where you spend the most time.
For the upper level, it’s hard to install just one unit that will provide heating and cooling to all of the upstairs bedrooms.
The best chance is if a single indoor wall or floor mount unit can be installed at the end of a hallway. In most homes, an upstairs unit is installed in the master bedroom, and this is primarily for air conditioning in the summer.
C) Single Level
If you live in a ranch style home, on a slab, or a mobile home, then you likely have a layout similar to the upper level of a bungalow. One half is presumably very open concept, while the other half is split up into bedrooms and bathroom.
If you can install an indoor unit at the end of a hallway, then you will be able to push some of the heat down towards the bedrooms from the main living area.
While two units can be beneficial, the second indoor head is most often installed in the master bedroom for shoulder season heating and summertime cooling.
Are there other Configurations?
These are by no means the only configurations of heat pump installs we do in Bridgewater, but they are the most common configurations we see.
Schedule an in-home assessment with one of us to get a custom quote for your home’s layout and needs. Give us a call 902-530-5002 or fill out the form here so we can schedule a site visit and discuss how we can make it work for you.
When you’re comparing ductless, mini-split heat pump brands, trying to get a handle on heat pump efficiency terms is time-consuming and frustrating.
Much like attempting to finish a 1500-piece, hot-air balloon, jigsaw puzzle.
You can only go at it for so long.
So, here’s the simple explanation on efficiency & why you’ll want to have a heat pump that has the highest efficiency as practical.
The Pieces of Heat Pump Efficiency:
- What is heat pump efficiency?
- 4 ratings to compare between brands
- Oil / Electric Baseboard VS Ductless Heat Pumps
- Savings – What to Expect
What Is Heat Pump Efficiency?
High efficiency models use the most technologically advanced components to reach high efficiency levels, like variable-speed compressors. Variable speed operation saves energy and wear and tear on the compressor. That’s why the more efficient the unit, generally can also have a longer lifespan with fewer maintenance issues.
Testing laboratories find heat pump energy efficiency by metering how much electricity they use to heat/cool an indoor space compared to its rated outdoor operating temperature. They run the heat pump continuously to judge its usage over the course of a season.
The industry terms to pay attention to are; HSPF, COP & SEER.
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4 Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings to Compare
Remember when you’re comparing heat pumps, for all things to be equal, make sure you’re looking at models of the same size. For more information on the best size heat pump for your home, check out our Sizing article.
The HSPF (heating season performance factor) is a value to measure how efficiently the pump heats. When comparing models based on this rating, first make sure you’re comparing units that are the same size. Secondly, keep in mind the higher the HSPF, the lower it costs to run the unit.
The second rating is the COP (coefficient of performance). The COP is easier to understand because it reveals how much heat the heat pump creates using one watt of electricity. If it has a COP of 3, the pump is capable of producing 3 units of heat for every watt of power used.
In South Shore, NS the most significant benefit of a heat pump is the heating function, but they can also keep your space cool in the summer. The cooling efficiency of a heat pump is called the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The minimum SEER for heat pumps stands at 14, and most kinds of mini splits easily exceed that standard.
Rated Outdoor Temperature
The rated outdoor temperature refers to the coldest temperature that the heat pump can still provide adequate heat. In South Shore, Nova Scotia, look for one whose rated temperature is -15 C, while a few models have outdoor temperature ratings as low as -20 C. The lower the temperature, the better the system will supply heat. To get more info on how low outdoor temperature affects a heat pumps performance, read our article on temperature here.
Heat Pump Efficiency VS Electric Baseboard / Oil Furnace
Heat pumps are particularly efficient at heating compared to electric baseboard or space heaters. All heat pumps extract heat from the outdoors and use the refrigerant to send the heat inside. Electric heaters use resistance coils that need one watt of electricity to create one unit of heat. Compared to these types of heating systems, heat pumps, especially ductless units, offer far greater efficiency for much less energy consumption and cost.
Compared to oil furnaces, heating bills with a high efficiency heat pump will be 2-3 times lower (depending on the price of oil). The output will be different. Heated air coming from an oil furnace will feel warmer, but there’s no risk of carbon monoxide exposure and no need for an oil storage tank.
You’ll still want your electric or oil heat as back up on cold days, or for the other areas of your home. But turn down that thermostat in the areas the heat pump covers to get the most savings.
Savings with High Efficiency Ductless Heat Pumps
The higher the HSPF, COP and SEER, the higher your energy savings. Theoretically, each single increase in the HSPF indicates the system uses over 10 percent less energy, which translates to lower energy bills for you. To learn more about your potential savings with a heat pump check out our Savings article here.
Have questions about heat pump efficiency for Nova Scotia climates?
Ask us at South Shore HVAC for a risk-free estimate. Give us a call at 902-530-5002 or submit the form on this page to request an estimate. We service from Chester to Shelburne, Nova Scotia.
We talk a lot about how efficient heat pumps are and how much money they’ll save you, but we rarely touch on the finer details of actually installing one of these machines in your home.
There are very few barriers to installing a heat pump in your home, the biggest is usually your electrical panel and service.
To be more exact two issues can arise.
- You lack the physical space on your panel to fit the breakers for a heat pump
- You lack the available service space to run a heat pump
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In this post, we’ll cover what we look at during our in-home estimate appointments to determine if you can indeed fit a heat pump both on your panel and on your electrical service. We’ll then look at what options exist if we run into either of these issues.
Your Homes Electrical Service
The electric service in your home is measured in amps. Most homes today have either a 100 amp or 200 amp service. Some older homes may still have a 60 amp service, however a good majority of those have been upgraded to 100 amps.
How do you know what service you have? You can look at your main panel and the master breaker will have a number on it. It is likely 100 or 200. This denotes your homes total service.
Also, as a rule of thumb, oil heated homes usually have 100 amp service, while electrically heated homes have 200 amp.
When in your home, we will inspect your panel and if needed complete a load calculation to determine what percentage of your total service you’re using right now. The percentage of service remaining must be adequate to install a heat pump system.
How much service space do you need?
A single zone needs somewhere around 15 – 20 amps. While a dual or tri-zone will require 20-30+ amps.
Physical Space on your Panel
Physical space on the panel is the second check. If you have open slots than you are probably ok. It’s when the panel is totally taken up that we need to look a little closer.
Some brands of panels have what are called mini breakers. These allow us to free up space for a panel that is otherwise full. We will be able to let you know during your appointment if this is the case.
If your panel is full and mini breakers are not an option then we most often will install a pony panel. This is a smaller add-on panel to your main one. We move some of the circuits in your main panel and run them through this add-on, including the heat pump.
The other option is to change your entire panel, but a pony panel is substantially less expensive.
Type of Electrical Panel
If your home is of the age where the panel is fuses rather than breakers then a pony panel may be required to install a heat pump, pending there is adequate service available. Generally, new circuits are not run from older fuse panels.
Options, if you’re Service, Can’t handle a Heat Pump
There are two options if your electrical service is over load or nearing load capacity and cannot fit a heat pump.
- A service upgrade from 100 to 200 amps
- Removal of some circuits on your current panel
We do not encourage the removal of circuits, although it is possible n order to free up service space.
More often you would be looking at a service upgrade from 100 amps to 200 amps. This is a large project and generally not one someone is willing to undertake for a single mini split heat pump.
However, for a home that is considering a dual or tri zone split heat pump or removing oil altogether and getting an electric ducted heat pump system a service upgrade can make sense.
Costs for a service upgrade will run from $3,500 and up and do require at least a full day to complete. Our sister company, Oickle’s Electrical, performs this type of work. We are able to provide a quote for this project at the exact same time.
To arrange for an in-home appointment to discuss the right heat pump solution for your home and complete an electrical inspection please give us a call or submit the form on this page.
When shopping for your ductless heat pump there are two programs available to south shore homeowners that can help.
- On-Bill Financing offered by Nova Scotia Power
- The Green Heat Rebate program from Efficiency Nova Scotia
Financing your Heat Pump with Nova Scotia Power
Nova Scotia Power offers a competitive lease to own program where you can purchase and install a ductless or ducted heat pump and finance it for up to 10 years. The payment goes directly on your Nova Scotia Power bill.
Rates are currently 7.0% for financing terms anywhere from 3 to 10 years.
TIP: Want to get an estimate of what the monthly financing cost might be? Give us a call and we’ll give you some example numbers.
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The process of financing starts with getting a quote for the right equipment for your home from a local heat pump contractor participating in the Heat Pumps Set You Free Program.
The process to Finance your Heat Pump is as Follows.
- Arrange an in-home estimate with a participating Heat Pumps Set You Free contractor (hint hint, South Shore HVAC is part of that program).
- Submit the Nova Scotia Power financing application provided by your contractor via email or Fax
- You’ll be contacted within 7-14 business days by your contractor once they receive the response to your application.
- Arrange a time for installation of your heat pump
- Sign the lease document and completion certificate after the install of your installation.
NOTE: Not every company installing heat pumps is part of the Nova Scotia Power program. If you want to finance your purchase be sure you’re dealing with a participating contractor. South Shore HVAC is part of the program.
All homeowners who have a Nova Scotia Power account in their name are eligible to apply for the financing.
Rebates from Efficiency Nova Scotia
Efficiency Nova Scotia currently offers a Green Heat Rebate program to homes using electric heat.
The rebate is $350 and must be pre-applied for before you purchase a heat pump.
The process to apply for and receive the $350 Green Heat Rebate is as follows.
- Arrange for an in-home estimate to determine which machine(s) are ideal for your home.
- Submit the pre-approval form for the Green Heat Rebate to Efficiency Nova Scotia
- Contact us once you have your rebate approval to arrange a time for install
- Complete the post install form and submit to Efficiency Nova Scotia to receive your rebate
NOTE: Not all heat pumps qualify for the Green Heat Rebate. You must purchase one of the machines approved on Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Cold Climate list. All of the machines South Shore HVAC sells are approved.
If you’re thinking of financing, or have electric heat and want to apply for the rebate, then your first step is to call us or submit the form on this page to request an appointment for a quote.
We will provide you with the Nova Scotia Power financing application during your in-home visit.
Give us a call or submit the form today! We look forward to meeting with you.
Have you been thinking about a heat pump but didn’t know where you should install it? Have more than one area of the home you want to be heated and cooled? Then a multi-zone mini split machine may be the answer.
The first two questions we ask of Bridgewater area homeowners are:
- What areas of the home do I spend the most time in
- What areas of the home do I most want to ensure I’m comfortable all year around (summer and winter).
Deciding the answer to these questions will help you determine:
- What size of heat pump(s) you need
- How many indoor units you need
- What position/location you should have the indoor units installed
Brand and model are important, but before you start sorting through HSPF, SEER and COP ratings you need an idea of where you want to install a unit.
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Having more than one area of the home you want heated and/or cooled leaves you with two options.
- Buy two separate ductless mini split machines
- Buy a multi-zone system
Multi Vs Single Zone Ductless Heat Pumps
A Multi-zone system is designed to cover more than one “zone” of your home.
What’s a zone might be your next question?
A zone is an area of your home heating system covered by a single thermostat. If you have oil hot water heaters or electric baseboards, then you likely have multiple thermostats in your home. Each of these thermostats denotes a zone.
Generally, you install a ductless heat pump in an area to offset at least one heating zone in your home.
A multi-zone ductless heat pump is one outdoor unit paired with at least two or more indoor units. Having more than one indoor unit allows the single machine to cover more than one zone (area) of your home.
Examples, where a multi-zone might be used, are:
- One unit in your main living area and a second unit in a master bedroom
- One unit upstairs and a second downstairs in split entry or bungalow style home
In contrast, a single zone, one outdoor unit, and one indoor unit cover off one particular area of the home. If that’s all you need then a single zone machine fits the bill. However, it is financially beneficial to install a multi-zone heat pump system instead of purchasing two or more single zone machines if you want to cover more than one area.
That is unless…
When Multiple Single Zones Make Sense
If you require indoor units on completely opposite sides of your home then it can make sense to install a unit on each side of the house. This cuts down on install cost and time as well as reduces the amount of white slim ducting wrapped around your home.
We discussed the difference in cost between single and multi-zones ductless heat pumps in our “how much does a heat pump cost” post and video.
The savings between the two are similar. While the dual zone machine is slightly less efficient you more than come out ahead when you consider the savings on the machines themselves.
If you live between Chester and Liverpool or as far over a Middleton give us a call at South Shore HVAC. We’ll arrange a time for one of us to visit your home, review the layout and discuss some options for you to install a system.
You can also submit the form on this page to arrange a time online as well.
It’s always the second question homeowners have for us after we tell them how much a heat pump costs, “How much am I going to save?”.
It’s a difficult question to give a definitive answer to because every home layout is different, some homes heat with oil while others heat with electricity and the temperature you’re comfortable with is possibly going to be different than your neighbours.
Of course, this doesn’t mean we can’t give you a guideline of how much you could save.
Let’s first consider electrically heated homes.
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Electric Heat Savings
For homes heating with electric baseboard, your savings come down to how much of an area can you cover with a ductless heat pump, so you don’t need to turn your thermostats up for your electric baseboards. The larger the area you can cover the more savings you’ll enjoy.
Let’s look at an example.
Split entry homes are a fantastic layout for mini-split heat pumps. Let’s say you’re in a split entry home spending $3,500 a year on electricity. We’ll assume that about $2,000 of that is for space heating and the other $1,500 is for your lights, appliances, etc.
To determine where you’re spending the most money on heating you need to analyze where you spend the most time. Is it upstairs? Is it downstairs? It’s in this area you want to install your heat pump.
In this example, let’s say you spend most of your time upstairs and the cost to heat that area is $1,200, which leaves $800 in space heating costs for your lower level. A realistic comparison as we tend to turn our thermostats higher in the areas we spend time in the most.
Where the Savings Come From
In the upstairs of a typical split-entry home, where one-half is open-concept and the other a hallway leading to bedrooms and bath, it’s possible to save on heating costs with only one ductless mini-split system.
How? By installing the correct sized unit in the right location, you’ll dramatically offset all of the electric baseboard heat you typically used in that area.
Remember to turn down all thermostats on that level and keep hallway doors open. The two different types of heating won’t compete, and the entire floor will be a more comfortable temperature.
Ductless heat pumps run 3-4 times more efficiently than electric baseboards, meaning you will be able to heat the same space for 25% to 33% of what it would cost with electric baseboards. This efficiency can equal overall savings between $700 – $900 for the year.
If there’s anything in this article you’re not clear on please complete our form here or give us a call so we can answer your questions!
Oil Hot Water Savings
What if you have oil hot water baseboards or in-floor radiant heat? No problem! The same situation holds true. You want to install your mini-split heat pump in the area of your home where you:
a.) Spend the most time
b.) Turn the thermostats up to keep it warm
Savings work the same way. Let’s say you spend $2400 a year on oil. About $600 of that is likely your hot water, leaving the other $1800 for space heating. Splitting it the same way as in the electric baseboard example (60% of your heating is the upper level) that means $1080 is for that upper level and $720 for the lower level.
Installing the same ductless heat pump could offset almost all of that oil cost on the upper floor. So you’re looking at $350 – $700 per year.
Since oil is slightly less expensive now, the savings are not as drastic as with electricity. Of course, oil is a variable commodity and the price fluctuates. At some point in the near future, I am sure we’ll see higher oil prices once again.
Forced Hot Air Savings
A central forced hot air furnace is a bit different than an oil boiler or electric baseboard setup. Why? Because centrally ducted hot air furnace heating systems are a single zone, it means there’s one thermostat that controls the entire home’s heat. In contrast, most oil hot water or electric systems have multiple zones (multiple thermostats).
Installing a ductless heat pump in a home with a forced air furnace is fine so long as the homeowner recognizes that it could cause your furnace not to come on and keep the other areas of your home warm.
This issue is addressed by installing a multi-zone heat pump system with two or more indoor heads covering all of the living areas in your home.
Another option to consider is getting your home off of oil altogether by replacing your current hot air furnace with a fully electric heat pump system. If you’d like to learn more about ducted heat pump systems, give us a call or submit our form on this page to request an in-home consultation.