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Old 09-17-2011, 04:17 PM   #1
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Electric Forced Air Furnace - Replacing AC unit w/ heat pump?

I have an electric forced air furnace to heat my home. Also have an AC unit tapped in on the side of the house.

The electrical provider has a worksheet on the website, after filling out all the the info, it suggests that the replacement of the AC unit with a heat pump would save the most energy.

Has anyone actually done this? If so, did you find a big savings in your electrical bill? I'm not planning on pulling out a perfectly good AC unit, but if it ever dies on me, would consider replacing with a heat pump if its worth it.


By the way, I'm in the Okanagan in British Columbia (interior). Usually gets to 30-40deg C (86deg - 104deg F) in the summer. Winter's are mild, has gotten as cold as -30deg C (-22deg F) but usually only gets to -5 to -10deg C (-23 to -14)


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Old 09-17-2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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A heat pump would probably reduce your heating bill by 30%.


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Old 09-18-2011, 10:00 AM   #3
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I helped replace father in-laws electric baseboard with a heatpump and air handlers with electric coils for back-up.He says over the last 2 years of use he has had lower electric bills from it and he got central air for the summer .He's just outside of Chicago so the winters might not be as cold so that's something to consider but his heat pump produces decent heat to about 25 then the coils start to come in some.
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