Heat Pump - FAQ

Consult the Chauffez vert, Rénoclimat and Novoclimat programs to find out more about the financial assistance offered in each of these programs for installing a heat pump.

More information on heat pumps is available in the Helpful advice / Heat pumps section.

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  • 1 - What is a low temperature heat pump?

    A low temperature heat pump (also known as a "cold climate" heat pump) can heat a home even when the outside temperature is very low. It is an excellent heating solution that is perfectly suited to Quebec's wintry climate.

    Like other heat pumps, a low temperature heat pump also provides air conditioning for the home.

    Several Transition énergétique Québec programs offer financial assistance for installing a low temperature heat pump. The model must be included on the list of eligible models.

  • 2 - What is the benefit of a low temperature heat pump?

    Standard heat pump models are unable to meet your heating needs in extremely cold weather and another heating system (such as an electric system) has to take over. Just like its name says, a low temperature heat pump can heat a home even when the outside temperature is very low. It is a heating solution that is perfectly suited to Quebec's climate.

  • 3 - How important is the sizing of the heat pump?

    To maximize your heat pump’s performance, make sure that it is properly sized, or in other words, powerful enough to meet your heating needs. Although merchants tend to suggest an ideal sizing for summer weather, it is essential that you choose a model with a larger sizing that can heat your space in winter.

  • 4 - How do I determine the best sizing for my home?

    You should take several variables into consideration, such as:

    • the surface area and volume of the house;
    • the configuration and orientation of the house;
    • the geographical location;
    • the type of construction;
    • the degree of insulation and air tightness; the dimensions, type and orientation of the windows.

    To properly calculate your heating needs, ask a heating profession who is accredited by the Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens en tuyauterie du Québec (CMMTQ). We suggest that you contact more than one professional to check and confirm the answers you receive.

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