Air source heat pumps have been popular in Europe and Asia for years and are becoming increasingly popular in Canada; both central and ductless heat pumps are very efficient compared to most other sources of electricity and therefore save the homeowner in the long run based on monthly savings on their overall energy costs. In addition to providing a source of heat for your home during the colder winter months, heat pumps also provide air conditioning for those hot summer days!
In PEI, demand for PEI heat pumps is soaring over the past couple of years due, in large part, to the current PEI government rebates (https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/transportation-infrastructure-and-energy/energy-efficient-equipment-rebates), which are aimed to encourage customers to switch over to more energy efficient household consumption. It is important to note that all heat pump installations must include the Certificate of Compliance from the electrical permit, so be sure whoever is doing the electrical component of your heat pump has the proper certification.
When you are looking to select the best heat pump for your home in Charlottetown, Summerside, Cornwall, Stratford, Montague, Alberton, O’Leary and or any other area throughout PEI, there are a few important factors to consider first. When looking at the energy efficiency of different brands, two key numbers to look at are the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). The higher the number for both the SEER and HSPF, the more efficient the unit.
You will also have to consider if you will have a central or ductless system installed. A central system will generally give you more coverage, but costs significantly more to install than a ductless system. If you are leaning towards the ductless mini-split heat pump for your PEI home, it is important to select the right sized heat pump to ensure you will have optimal coverage. The best heat pump installers in PEI will work closely with you to select the right size for your home and will also offer suggestions on the best placement of the unit within your PEI home for optimal air coverage.
If you are looking for one of the best heat pump installers in PEI to install or deep clean your heat pump, we have a few suggestions before you begin contacting companies:
- Explore the PEI market. Seek quotes from at least two or three companies and compare what each has to offer
- Be sure to ask for the company’s accreditation – are they Red Seal Certified? Are they bonded? For how long have they been in business?
- Read reviews about the company, including reviews on ToolBoxExperts – what do people like the most about the services they provided?
- If you are undertaking a specific project – such as having a heat pump installed in PEI – ask the PEI HVAC technician about their certification to undertake this work and how much experience they have in this particular area. Is it something they can complete in a timely manner?
If you decide to install a heat pump in your home, it is important to follow the manufacturers’ recommendations on regular cleaning of the filter (usually once every 1-2 months), and also for deep cleaning the unit. When undertaking maintenance on your heat pump, it is recommended that you work with the best PEI heat pump installers that are certified HVAC technicians and also have staff that have the appropriate electrical licensing.
If you are planning to have a heat pump installed for your home, be sure to check out the below videos for consideration prior to contacting service providers for quotes:
The difference between ducted and ductless heat pumps:
How a heat pump can save you money:
Make sure to check out our article for “Hiring your Next Service Provider – Tips for Success” for some more helpful tips on hiring PEI general contractors.
Ready to begin your heat pump search?
Start with our great list of HVAC PEI service providers and for all your PEI residential and commercial heating and cooling needs. If you’ve used one of these Island companies before, make sure to leave a review to help others find the best heat pump installers on PEI. After your job is completed, leave a review on their listing about the service you received.