Heat pumps are a unique kind of heating system, because they can do the work of both a furnace and an air conditioner. Thus, there’s no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home. Heat pumps can also work extremely efficiently, because they simply transfer heat, rather than burn fuel to create it. Vancouver is one of the best locations for an air source heat pump in North America. We need to use our heating enough that justifies investments to reduce them, and the temperature is still only below the 0-4C level (where air source units are ineffective) a small percentage of the time. We also have some of the lowest electricity prices. BC Hydro estimates a heat pump will heat your home for less than 2/3 the cost of even an ultra high efficiency furnace. When the temperature drops too low for the heat pump to be effective, an electric back up heater warms the air being distributed throughout the home.