Efficacité Énergétique des Systèmes Centraux de Thermopompes : Guide d'AirGreen
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Energy Efficiency of Central Heat Pump Systems: AirGreen's Guide

What exactly is the energy efficiency of a central heat pump system?


With growing concerns about energy consumption and environmental sustainability, many Montreal homeowners are looking towards more efficient heating and cooling systems. At the forefront of these solutions is the central heat pump system. But what exactly is the energy efficiency of a central heat pump system? To understand this, we first need to delve into what energy efficiency means, and how it's measured.

Understanding Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency, in the context of HVAC systems, refers to the amount of cooling or heating provided by a system for each unit of energy it consumes. This is typically measured using a ratio known as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) for cooling, and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) for heating.

SEER is the total cooling output (in BTUs) during a typical cooling season, divided by the total electric energy input (in watt-hours) during the same period. Similarly, HSPF is the total heating output of a heat pump (including supplementary electric heat) during the normal heating season (in BTUs), as compared to the total electricity consumed (in watt-hours) during the same period.

The higher these ratios, the more energy-efficient the system is.

Energy Efficiency of Central Heat Pump Systems

Central heat pump systems are highly energy-efficient, as they simply transfer heat from one place to another, rather than generating it. In other words, they extract heat from the outside air to warm your home in the winter, and reverse the process to cool your home in the summer.

High-efficiency models can have SEER ratings of 16 to 23 and HSPF ratings of 8 to 10, which are much higher than traditional heating and cooling systems. To put this into perspective, the minimum SEER rating for new air conditioners is 13, while the minimum HSPF rating for new heat pumps is 7.7.

The actual energy efficiency of a central heat pump system, however, can be influenced by several factors, including the quality of the installation, the size and insulation of your home, and the climate in your area.

Increasing the Energy Efficiency of Your Central Heat Pump System

At AirGreen, we want to help you maximize the energy efficiency of your central heat pump system. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Proper Installation: A properly installed system is crucial for optimal energy efficiency. At AirGreen, our trained professionals ensure a precise and meticulous installation process.
  • Regular Maintenance: Routine maintenance, including cleaning and inspection, is essential to keep your system running at peak efficiency. Our team at AirGreen offers comprehensive maintenance services.
  • Correct Sizing: The size of the heat pump should be appropriate for your home. An undersized or oversized system can lead to inefficiency and higher energy costs.
  • Programmable Thermostat: Using a programmable thermostat can help you manage your heating and cooling needs effectively, thereby saving energy.


A central heat pump system is a highly energy-efficient solution for heating and cooling needs in Montreal homes. With proper installation, regular maintenance, and correct usage, you can optimize its efficiency and enjoy a comfortable, sustainable living environment.

At AirGreen, we're committed to providing energy-efficient HVAC solutions to our customers in Montreal. If you're considering installing a central heat pump system or need professional maintenance services, don't hesitate to get in touch with us!