Operating A Heat Pump During The Extremely Cold Temperatures That Are Arriving

Bitterly cold weather conditions are expected overnight and into the weekend across Nova Scotia.

Today, many Nova Scotians are choosing to heat and cool their homes with energy efficient heat pumps. Many of today’s heat pumps can operate in temperatures as low as -30°C however some heat pumps may have trouble producing enough heat to maintain room temperature when outside temperatures drop below -30 °C.

If you have trouble keeping your home warm this weekend using a heat pump alone, you should use a supplemental heating system (such as electric, oil or propane heating systems), along with your heat pump to help stay warm. You do not need to turn your heat pump off.  

You should make sure your supplemental heating system is in good working order and safe to use. Set thermostats to a degree or two lower than heat pumps. This will ensure that if heat pumps cannot keep up in the extreme cold, the supplemental heating systems will kick in and make up the difference to keep your home warm.

If it’s safe to do so, remove any snow and ice build-up from the outdoor unit. For advice on your specific heat pump model, contact the installer or manufacturer. 

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