How Do Heat Pumps Work?

Even those that have a heat pump in their home might not fully understand what they do or how they do it. We have many customers ask us all the time: How do heat pumps work? We’ll here’s your answer folks.

Heat pumps are used as heating sources in small spaces and homes that need supplementary heating. It’s difficult to completely heat your entire home with heat pumps, but it’s not impossible. So how do heat pumps work? They heat the air in your home by transferring air from the outside of your house to the inside. They are very efficient at heating spaces in your home and usually take about 15 minutes to heat an average sized room. Once heated up they are even more efficient at maintaining that temperature.

Split-System Heat Pump

One of the most popular types of heat pump systems is the single split system. This single split system is designed to only heat one room or space in your home. Depending on the size of your heat pump systems and unit and the placement, it can sometimes do a great job at warming most of your house. If you have an open concept living area then they’re even more useful. Here’s how they work:

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Ducted Multi-Heat Pump System

The ducted multi-heat pump system is more complex to install and not as common. These types of installations have vents in every room and are ducted through the ceiling. They’re less intrusive than the split-system heat pump, but they’re much more expensive to install. The cost of a ducted heat pump can start at $15,000 for an average sized home and go up from there. Here’s an example of how ducted multi-heat pump systems work:

how do heat pumps work

  1. Excess warmth from your heater is distributed to rooms via a super efficient inline ducting fan
  2. Via a filtered eave inlet your home is ventilated with a small amount of drier air to offset the moisture build-up (from cooking, drying, clothes, showering etc)
  3. Free, filtered warm air is automatically harvested from your roof space to offset heater costs. (Note: Summer Mode disables this function)
  4. Rooms are warmed as air circulates around the house continuously, and persistent condensation is gone

So, How Do Heat Pumps Work?

It’s fairly simple and a really efficient way to heat your home. Most people don’t know exactly what type of installation is best for their needs, or what size of heat pump they need, but that’s why we’re here. A Novel Care HVAC technician can answer all of your questions and even go into more detail as to How Do Heat Pumps Work? Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to get a free quote: 905-737-5016

 

 

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3 Important Questions About Air Conditioner Size & Rating?

Our customers constantly have questions about their air conditioner. Whether we’re installing a new ductless air conditioner or performing maintenance on a central air conditioner our customer have asked lot of questions over the years. While we’ve answered lots of them in person here are a few of the less common questions we get that might be useful.

Q: What’s Variable Speed Mean?

A: Variable speed is referring to the blower motor on your air conditioner. Variable speed blower motors are designed to provide enhanced comfort throughout your home with reduced air velocity and noise. When this type of blower turns on it operates at a low-speed, which makes less noise and allows the compressor and coil to get warmed up prior to forcing large amounts of air through the units or system.

Q: What Size Air Conditioner Should I Install?

A: So, it’s finally time to replace your old air conditioner. While considering a new unit can be exciting it’s important to take a few things into consideration first. While there are similar models available by different manufacturers you must first calculate the heat-load of your home. This calculation provides you with the proper size of unit for your needs, the size of your home, it’s layout, and a few other variables. The best way to find out what size unit is best for your home is to contact a reputable and professional HVAC technician from a company like Novel Care. They have the knowledge and experience to properly evaluate your home and provide you with recommendations. Aside from that we always recommend installing high-efficiency units that will save you money on your energy bills in the long-term.

Q: What Is A SEER Rating?

A: SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration. This is a measurement of the efficiency of an air conditioner. The higher the SEER Rating is the more efficient a unit is and the less it will cost you to operate. Most brands have a number of units with great SEER ratings and highlight them so they’re easy to find and understand. A Novel Care technician can assist you in selecting a unit within your price range that has a great SEER rating.

For more information about choosing the right replacement air conditioner for your home or office contact Novel Care today: 905-737-5016.

Novel Care has been providing reputable and professional HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.

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.