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heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...heater that offers you only a 1 to 1 ratio. The Voltex water heater from AO Smith is an air-to-water heat pump which extracts heat from the air to generate hot water, so in the winter that 3 to 1 heating ratio of the first heat pump is transferred to the water heater. And the more 'free' heat you have in winter (sola...

Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea
Plumbing and water heaters

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one

...heat source in a home is an air source heat pump, as the water heater can in effect 'borrow' the efficiency of that heat pump, which on average is about 3 times more efficient than most other heat sources. See here for an article on how heat pumps work . An air-to-water heat pump water heater uses the air in the hous...

Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan
Ventilation

Ceiling fans and air circulation- video

...heat pump and our heat pump water heater work together in boosting the efficiency, and the ceiling fan is a big part of making that happen. This video explains the relationship between those systems. Thanks to our sponsor Aeratron for providing super efficient and quiet ceiling fans that fit in nicely with the look of ...

Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

...heat pump to heat the air of the house. This gives us air that is heated on average three times more efficiently (and three times cheaper) than had we relied on electric resistance heat in the form of baseboard heaters or our radiant floor boiler. We also have an air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heate...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...Heat pumps are also quite versatile; they can be used to heat incoming air from the outside, or as an air-to-water heat pump for generating residential hot water. Heat pumps are also used in conjunction with geothermal heating and cooling, where the heat is either taken from, or added back to the ground. Heat pumps m...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...Heated with a 13.3 kW high efficiency ground source heat pump manufactured by WaterFurnace™ connected to two 152.3 m (500 ft) horizontal loops in the yard. Ground source heat pump vs. air source heat pump What is interesting to note right from the beginning, is that during testing, both heat pumps as stand-alone un...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...heat pumps in this house, an air-to-air heat pump that extracts heat from outside air to heat inside air, and an air-to-water heat pump. The air to water heat pump extracts heat from ambient air inside the home and transfers it to the hot water tank, offering efficient air conditioning in summer. As for heat storage,...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...heating system, and this is why it is so crucial to be equipped with a very efficient heating system when making your domestic hot water with a heat pump that draws heat from inside the home. To explain that further - if you heat your home with an oil furnace, a heat pump water heater that transfers heat from the amb...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...heater’. A heat pump powered by electricity and not gas would also qualify as electric heat; this is the one exception to the rule of equal efficiency as it is not electric resistance heat, but electricity is powering a condenser and a fan. See our video explanation of how heat pumps work for greater detail. Type...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...heating, which requires a slightly higher initial investment but runs at approximately 250% efficiency. Electric baseboard heaters will heat another home, are 100% efficient and require a low initial investment. The showhome will be heated with an air source heat pump which is a specially designed heat pump for col...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...heat pumps save money Heat pumps powered with electricity can heat a house on average about three times more efficiently than other heat sources. And pairing an air source heat pump with a heat pump water heater can further save energy and money. Air source heat pumps are the most cost-effective type of heat pump f...