coalnewbie wrote:Well Nortcan you have confirmed to me that you are a very smart man. In your neck of the woods heating is 90% of your energy problems.Forget the 6 weeks where you may or may not need air conditioning. Ground water is about 44F where you are and so you pull energy from 44F down to about 35F to get the heat. That means most is done mostly by electricity through the heat pump. By the end of winter even with the slinkies your ground will start to freeze up -straight pipe in Qc - no chance. I am not going to repeat myself, it's just a silly idea. Forget the testimonials of people that have wasted money and are now trying to justify it to themselves - that is human nature and we all do it when we do stupid things. I could give you a list of the stupid things I have done but there is a limit on message length. Total conversion to anthracite is not an opinion my little excel spread sheet does not lie. Politicians and installers do.
For that price I could probably convince some welfare recipients in a neighboring city to come over and handle the loading/ashing chores for me.
homecomfort wrote:coefficient of performance. c.o.p. heat pumps can and do return 3x's or more heat than the electric consumed. much newer and technical than producing heat by combustion. seems some are confused about air source and ground source heat pumps. stick with coal if that is what you know best.
Yanche wrote:I'd sure like to see the technical analysis that show a 3-5 times the energy return from a heat pump.