What Are Heat Pumps and How Are They Used?

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Are you looking for an energy-efficient alternative to your furnace and air conditioners? Many homeowners are turning to heat pumps.

These devices use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, which makes the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. It’s the same principle the powers your refrigerator.

Heat pumps come in two main varieties: air-to-air and geothermal. In this blog post, we’ll look these heat pumps and their advantages.

a ductless version is great for homes that do not have ductwork.Air-to-air

Of the two, the air-source heat pump is the most common. It transfers heat between your home and the air outside. When compared to baseboard heaters and furnaces, a heat pump will lower the amount of electricity you use for heating by almost half.

If you don’t have ductwork in your home, you can still purchase a ductless version of the heat pump known as the “mini-split.”

A Geothermal unit cost more upfront but pays off after it has been installed.Geothermal

These heat pumps get better efficiency by transferring heat between your home and the ground (hence the term “geo”) or a nearby source of water.

These heat pumps cost more to install, but less to operate, as they can take advantage of the stable ground or water temperatures. You may see as much as a 60 percent reduction in energy use from these heat pumps. They are also sturdy, offer great humidity control and fit in a variety of homes.

What features should I look for in a heat pump?

As with any product, heat pump manufacturers are making regular innovations:

  • Two-speed compressors – These allow heat pumps to reach the heating or cooling capacity required at given moment, saving on electricity and wear and tear on the compressor.

  • Variable or dual speed motors – The variable speed motors on the heat pump’s indoor/outdoor fans can keep air moving at a comfortable speed, minimize drafts and increase energy savings, while also reducing the noise of a blower running at top speed.

  • Desuperheater – This component, found in many high-efficiency heat pumps, recovers waste heat from the cooling mode and uses it to heat water, often two to three times more efficiently than an electric water heater.

  • Scroll compressor – These twin spiral-shaped scrolls compress refrigerant into increasingly smaller spaces. They provide warmer air while in heating mode, with a longer operating life.

  • Back-up burners –These burners help prevent the heat pump from delivering cool air during wintry weather while also reducing electricity use.

Heat pump installation is something best left to a professional. A heat pump is a complex piece of equipment, and an expert can identify the proper size unit for your home, and determine the best location to install it. If the size or placement of your system is off, the heat pump won’t give you the temperature you desire and won’t work efficiently.

Professional installation can also help prevent expensive repairs in the future. Don’t be tempted by the idea of saving money by installing a system yourself. Avoid long-term expenses by having your heat pump installation done right the first time.

If you think one of these systems is right for your home, All Seasons Comfort Control can help. Our trained technicians can install heat pumps in a way that’s efficient, cost effective and comfortable for your home.