Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

November 5, 2021

EIN FS Heat Pump 400By Blake Marchand

Heat pumps use air to heat refrigerant to produce heat inside the home. They are an alternative to electric baseboard heating, natural gas, oil and propane, which has the benefit of efficiency and a lower carbon footprint. Heat pumps have a higher level of efficiency compared to alternative energy sources, while also providing more precise temperature control.

“The reason the FS is a breakthrough for us is because it provides 100% heat capacity at -20°C,” said Residential Product Manager, Geoff Sharman. Extending the temperature range a heat pump can operate under, makes it a viable solution for a primary heating source.

We spoke to Sharman to provide some insight into Mitsubishi Electric’s new FS Heat Pump.

FS is a ductless heat pump system with one indoor unit connected to one outdoor unit. The ductless units are ideal for a single level, open layout spaces.

How does the FS Heat Pump compare to previous models?

“What we’ve done is taken the heat pump to a level where people can use it as a primary heat source in Canada.”

“Our premium product before the FS, which was called the FH, would put out 100% heat capacity at -15°C,” which means you can get the full heat capacity of the unit down to an outdoor temperature of -15°C degrees. Essentially, “you can keep your home at 21-24°C inside even when its -15°C outside, using only a heat pump”

“The FS is a big step for us, because we’ve pushed our 100% heat capacity another 5°C. What that means is I have substantially more heat between -15 and -20°C.” You start losing capacity as after -20°C but the heat pump will continue to operate down to -27°C.


“We start at about 4.5 COP (Co-efficiency of Performance) and once we get down to the -20’s that’s when we see our numbers drop.” The typical range for heat pump COP is between 2 and 3.5 COP, depending on the outdoor ambient air temperature. As the outdoor temperature drops, there is less heat to absorb from the air, decreasing efficiency.  With the new FS model, efficiency and capacity are no longer a problem. Interestingly, heat pumps are the only heating and cooling system available on the residential market with COP higher than 1.

The variable speed capacity of FS makes the temperature more precise, scaling back as it gets closer to the regulated temperature. “It will only give you exactly what you need to maintain that temperature,” noted Sharman.


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The unit also has an infrared sensor that tracks heat signatures to detect when the room is occupied by a person to make it more efficient by conserving energy while its unoccupied.

The majority of very cold days (without the windchill) throughout most of Canada fall between -15°C and -20°C, depending on the location, that ends up working out 20-30 days in a year. With the additional range, the FS can maintain its efficiency as a primary heating source in most Canadian climates. Larger systems can make it up to -30°C.

Another benefit is in a condo or townhouse application where there isn’t much yard space, heat pumps have a small physical footprint. Additionally, in the summer, a heat pump will remove moisture from the air, which helps regulate the temperature and maintain efficiency.

The FS Heat Pump also utilizes several patented technologies: Dual Barrier Coating prevents dust and dirt from accumulating on the inner surface of the heat pump. Blended “fluorine particles” prevent hydrophilic dirt penetration and “hydrophilic particles” stop hydrophobic dirt from getting into the system. This allows the key internal heat pump components to remain clean. Nano Platinum Filters break down bacteria, mould, and odours. The Deodorizing Filter ensures odorous components are destroyed at the source. The Electrostatic Anti-Allergy Enzyme Filter neutralizes viruses, bacteria, and allergens, filling a space with fresh air.

Multi-Zone System

Other models, like the MXZ can have one outdoor with up to 8 indoor units. Multi-zone systems give more flexibility in temperature for specific rooms. Which means cost savings, “If I only heat the parts of the house in use, I’m using at most, maybe three or four rooms – in my case that means 30-40% less usage; or I can put it on a daily schedule.”

With a multi-zone heat pump system, you can conserve energy usage by automating when a room/zone is heated or cooled.

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EIN ABB logo 400ABB is an international company with a large global presence, but did you know that a significant percentage of the products sold in Canada are also designed and manufactured locally?

ABB’s Installation Products division, formerly known as Thomas & Betts, operates seven manufacturing facilities in Canada, six of them in Quebec and one in Alberta.

Many of their most well-known brands, including IBERVILLE®️️, Marrette®️️, Microlectric®️️, and Star Teck®️️, are products that started in Canada and are still manufactured locally to meet Canadian standards.




Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

Go HERE to join the discussion




 Siemens Built In Isolation Products 400By Alyssa Kerslake

Life safety today is top of mind for nearly everyone. There is a certain level of trust that fire alarm systems continue to work within a fire incident. With system survivability being a key concern to regulators, building managers, and the public, Siemens has developed systems that are designed to meet and exceed regulations that protect people, property, and assets. 

One of the most significant concerns, particularly in a large multi-story building, is implementing a secure and fully functional fire alarm system. Today, it is not uncommon to have power and data for hundreds of fire alarm devices connected over a single pair of wires. The concern is, if a fault occurs somewhere between the devices, the zone and location of the device may no longer be known, or the operation of that circuit reduced or possibly impaired. These scenarios could allow an undetected catastrophic event to develop within the space due to inoperable life safety devices. 


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By Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member

The CSA Z462 Workplace electrical safety Standard published its 2021 Edition in January.  A mandatory requirement for an employer is developing, implementing, and auditing an Electrical Safety Program.  If you have an Electrical Safety Program, is it up to date in its policies, practices and procedural requirements, is it performing as expected?  Workers do not necessarily do what you expect, they do what you inspect!  Management of change is required.

I have been involved in supporting industry with respect to shock and arc flash hazards in the workplace and in understanding what needs to be done to ensure worker safety, that effective defendable due diligence is established, and evidence of compliance is available related to occupational health & safety regulations both Provincial, Territorially or Federally.  I am in Ontario this week completing a detailed Electrical Safety Audit at multiple enterprise facilities.

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Incoplas Hybrid

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EngWorksBy Blake Marchand

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Given the complexity of hazardous locations, Bozek saw a need for education while working in the field and began developing training courses designed.

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We met with him recently to discuss his new role at the helm of ABB Canada and his plans moving forward. He began by pointing out that the recent change to ABB Canada's structure, as elsewhere in the world, was made to make customer relations more straightforward. 

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