What is a Heat Pump?

If you have a general understanding about how air conditioners work then you probably already know a lot more about how a heat pump works than you realize. Heat pumps function in a very similar way, but instead of burning fuel they transfer heat from the air or ground which makes them a much greener heating solution.

It’s not typical to have a heat pump as a the sole source of heat for a home or office as they are usually used for cooling during warmer months as well. Heat pumps are also used for purposes other than warms specific areas of your home or office. Heat pumps can be used to heat swimming pools and hot tubs in a similar way.

Heat Pump Types

There are many different types of heat pumps with each heat pump serving a different purpose:

  • An air heat pump transfers heat energy from the air around it.
  • A ground heat pump transfers heat energy from the ground.
  • An exhaust air heat pump takes heat from building exhaust.
  • A water source heat pump uses moving water as a heat source, also called a heat sink.

There are also many other heat pump models to serve various other purposes. There are also models that extract heat from the air outside when it’s warm and once the temperature drops it then uses the ground to obtain heat. This type of operation is more efficient than using cold air.

What Do Heat Pumps Do?

Heat pumps have the ability to help homeowners and building owners save money on their energy bills as they’re very efficient at certain temperatures. One of the main problems is they tend to underperform when temperatures drop drastically. In scenarios where extremely cold temperatures are common it’s best to use a heat pump in combination with another type of heating. This will allow you to take advantage of their efficiency, while still staying warm when Jack Frost takes over.

Overall heat pumps are a good solution as supplementary heat sources and provide great spot heating in homes and offices. They’re best when used in combination with other heating sources in the fall and winter, especially when it’s very cold out. The main benefit of heat pumps is that they often come as part of ductless air units or mini-split systems so the equipment is useful year round.

Contact Novel Care today for more information about heat pumps and how they can save you money on your energy bills: 905-737-5016.

 

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7 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

As a homeowner or the owner of a commercial building understanding the heating and cooling needs of your space is important. While it may be many years after purchasing your building before you need to worry about it there are many options available in terms of heating and cooling. When it comes to cooling solutions one thing that shouldn’t be ignored is installing ductless air conditioners.

What are Ductless Air Conditioners?

Ductless air conditioners, also know as split air conditioners or mini-split ductless systems, have become a popular option in older and newer commercial and residential spaces. It took a while for them to catch on as many people typically consider cooling solutions when they plan major renovations, which are also much more popular these days. The more people learn about the benefits of ductless air conditioners the more they understand what a great cooling solution they really are.

Ductless air conditioners don’t require ductwork running throughout your home in order to cool various spaces. They provide zoned cooling and even heating through a network of internal units that are all connected to an external unit. External units can be assigned to multiple indoor units to create zones that can be cooled separated, whereas a central air conditioning system cools an entire home at once. These units are strategically placed throughout your home or office to ensure they evenly cool the areas they’re being used in.

The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioners

There are numerous advantages to choosing ductless air conditioners, here are 7 great reasons why they might be the right solution for your needs.

  1. Efficiency: The average family spends close to $1000 each year on heating and cooling, and depending on the configuration of your home switching to a ductless air conditioning system could yield an energy savings of up to 30% of their current energy consumption.
  2. Cost Savings: Typically when efficiency is increased costs decrease. With ductless air conditioners your home or business could be using less energy year round and as a result your energy bills will naturally go down. Whether its measured on a monthly basis or annual basis it’s a significant cost savings.
  3. Targeting: Unlike cooling solutions that rely on duct systems, ductless air conditioners allow you to target specific areas of your home or office. This is not only one reason why these units save you money, but also a great way to target and cool rooms that are typically hotter than others without freezing out the rest of the building.
  4. Increased Control: Ductless air conditioners can basically be put anywhere that’s beneficial to the efficiency and cooling of a building. They can easily replace window units and configured to operate in zones to increase efficiency and comfort.
  5. Also A Heating Solution: Many ductless air conditioners and mini-split systems also have built-in heat pumps, which means they also have a heating option. This helps save you even more money because you now have all the same benefits in heating a space as you do in cooling it. Targeted heating allows you to run your furnace, boiler, or baseboard heaters much less, so you aren’t heating areas that aren’t in use.
  6. Simple Installation: Ductless air conditioners have been specifically designed to be very easy to install by professional HVAC technicians. With no ductwork or major piping, installation is very easy and won’t impact the current layout of your home with construction and ductwork.
  7. Eco-Friendly: Ensuring that your home is as environmentally friendly as possible is not only good for your energy bills but also increases the resale value and the perceived value of your home or commercial building. Saving energy is important to people and in turn they know they will be saving money too, so installing a high-efficiency ductless air conditioning system is an attractive solution.

Ductless air conditioners are an ideal solution for both residential and commercial spaces. They help people save money, energy, the environment, and provide quiet, comforting and cool air throughout your space.

For more information about ductless air conditioners and whether they’re the right choice for your space contact Novel Care today: 905-737-5016