You may have heard that heat pumps are only beneficial to the climate if their electricity supply is from renewables or that they don’t work in cold climates. Each of these statements has a grain of truth but is far from the whole picture.
This myth-busting article puts some of this misinformation to rest as well as revealing surprising facts like the early origin of heat pumps which “were invented in 1856 and use the same technology as refrigerators and air conditioners”.
Increasingly, around the globe, governments are providing incentives for households to purchase and install heat pumps and also putting in place legislation that will limit or even eliminate the use of fossil fuel energy in new construction. Remember, unlike a traditional gas or oil furnace heat pumps can both heat and cool which will be increasingly important as episodes of extreme heat become more common and severe around the world.
Could your household make the switch from fossil fuel heating to a more versatile and climate friendly heat pump? What about talking with your neighbors and seeing if you could benefit from purchasing and installing heat pumps across several homes rather than just your own?