The need for cooling is becoming a matter of life and death in Canada. The 2021 heat dome in BC is the single deadliest weather event in Canadian history, and after the hottest July ever recorded globally and temperatures reaching over 40 degrees in BC in August, it’s no surprise that nearly 7,000 Canadians are adding a central air conditioning system to their home every week.
The difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump is minimal, but the benefits of switching are massive. By encouraging a market shift to heat pumps, policy makers can unlock billions of dollars in net benefits, all while making major progress towards a net-zero economy.
Gard-Murray, A., Haley, B., Miller, S., Poirier, M. (2023). The Cool Way to Heat Homes: Installing Heat Pumps Instead of Central Air Conditioners in Canada. Building Decarbonization Alliance, Canadian Climate Institute, Efficiency Canada, Greenhouse Institute.