Heat pumps are mechanical systems that use electricity to move heat from one place to another. They are very efficient, using far less energy to heat a space than it would take to generate the same heat by burning a fuel. And they can move heat in either direction, to cool a space in summer and to heat it in the winter.
Heat pumps have also been around for a long time: the first heat pump was built in 1857, and Geneva’s City Hall in Switzerland installed a heat pump in 1928 that is still in use. And the technology has seen major improvements: homes that use modern heat pump systems are very comfortable in all seasons even in Waterloo Region’s climate, and they can also go a long way toward reducing our carbon footprints.
As our community, our province, the nation and the world transition off of fossil fuels to prevent catastrophic climate change, heat pumps will play an increasingly important role in our homes.